Ongoing protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline took a violent turn Sept. 3, with local and out-of-state demonstrators crashing through a fence where vehicles were working. In the fracas, demonstrators and private security were injured.

The Morton County Sheriff’s Department, in NorthDakota, reported private security officers were assaulted Sept. 3 after about 300 protesters broke down a wire fence and broke into the pipeline construction area, which is on private property. Protesters climbed on construction vehicles to halt work.

“Any suggestion that this was a peaceful protest is false. This was more like a riot than a protest," said Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier. “Individuals crossed onto private property and accosted private security officers with wooden posts and flag poles. While no arrests were made at the scene, we are actively investigating the incident and individuals who organized and participated in this unlawful event," he said in a Facebook post.

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