North Dakota is a place that’s very familiar with protests. In 2016 the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe fought for their lives and their land in freezing temperatures. Ultimately succumbing to government and private police forces. Needless to say, there’s a bit of history between the people and the supposed Police Forces of North Dakota.
Despite occasionally high tensions, the third protest of police brutality in Bismarck took place without any violence or clashes with officers.
More than 200 citizens of North Dakota gathered Tuesday, June 2, to march for the 3rd consecutive day in protest of George Floyd’s death.
Bismarck police officer Lynn Wanner confirmed there were no arrests or looting incidents related to Tuesday night’s demonstration.
The peaceful protests were a relief for some. A few days prior, unrest boiled over in Fargo as demonstrators clashed with the police, who deployed tear gas. Twelve people had been arrested in connection to the rioting as of Tuesday evening. Other protests around the region, including those in East Grand Forks, Minot, and Williston, passed without any violent incidents.
This is typically a non-violent region of the country. But with injustice happening everywhere, the unrest is following closely behind.