After one of the Mt. Rushmore protest leaders has been charged with two felonies for his actions against law enforcement officers, long-time Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom is signaling that the next time the NDN Collective Group informs him that they’re going to be ‘peacefully protesting,’ he knows that he can’t take them at their word:
“Even though we negotiated with the group in good faith, they made the decision not to honor their word,” Sheriff Kevin Thom said in a news release Monday. “The result was a protest that was no longer peaceful.”
Going forward, NDN Collective will “have no credibility with our office concerning discussions of any future planned protests,” Thom said.
But Thom said the protest ended up not being peaceful. According to the press release:
Protesters parked three vans to block the highway and took off at least two tires to maker it harder for law enforcement to move the vehicles. The vans were later towed.
Some protesters had large wooden sticks and acted aggressively toward law enforcement.
Protesters grabbed a shield from a National Guardsman and spray painted it. The shield was later recovered.
Some protesters spray painted graffiti on the highway.