Louisiana sheriff shares testimony from North Dakota experience

Photo from Sheriff Greg Champagne's Facebook Page

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WWL-TV) – Last week, a Louisiana sheriff spent several days in North Dakota witnessing firsthand the ongoing protests and the responses by law enforcement surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline Project.

St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne, who is also the president of the Nation Sheriff’s Association, visited Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to view how law enforcement agencies were working to protect area citizens and respond to protests.

Before traveling, Sheriff Champagne admitted he had the wrong impression about the pipeline based on what he called sensational news reports that the pipeline was to run directly through the Standing Rock Reservation and disturb ancient burial grounds.

I quickly learned and saw for myself that this was untrue.”

Upon his return to Louisiana, Sheriff Champagne shared his North Dakota experience in a lengthy post to his Facebook page. The full post has also been transcribed here.

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