Vigil at 4 p.m. Today for Water Protector Airlifted to HCMC; More Updates on Injuries

The excessive military response to the Water Protectors in North Dakota continues, this time resulting in serious injury to a woman who was struck in the arm by a concussion grenade. Sophia Wilansky was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) for surgery.

There will be a prayer vigil for her from 4-6 p.m. today outside HCMC, 730 South 8th Street, Minneapolis. Here is the Facebook Page.

Wilansky is 21 years old and from New York, according to a media release from the American Indian Movement. The injury to her arm was so severe it nearly required amputation, and “the extent of the injury is likely to have a devastating impact on her.”

More updates follow.

Here are some of the news accounts of injuries.

The Facebook Page for Indigenous Rising Media reported Sunday that 167 Water Protectors had been injured by law enforcement, and three of those were elders. Seven people were hospitalized for severe head injuries. “The police are targeted the heads and legs of Water Protectors,” it said.

Both the Standing Rock Nation and the Cheyenne River Nation sent first responders to the Oceti Sakowin Camp, according to a report Monday from Democracy Now!  One medic said responders had seen at least four gunshot wounds, “three of them I know of to the face and head.” Law enforcement is shooting down drones that Water Protectors are using to document the abuses, the story said. A lawyer and observer on the scene said at least one woman had a broken kneecap after being struck by a canister. “At least one elder went into cardiac arrest and was revived through CPR at the front line by medics,” the story said.

The Daily Beast ran a story Monday headlined: Standing Rock Police Attack Protesters Again: ‘He Just Smiled and Shot Both My Kneecaps’. According to the story:

Another young native man from the Ojibwe nation, reports being openly targeted by a police officer using “non-lethal” weapons to cause serious harm.

“He shot me with a rubber bullet right in the belly button, and when I showed him that he had hurt me, he just smiled and shot both my kneecaps,” he said.


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