Running over protesters may soon be legal in North Dakota, if conservative lawmakers are successful in advancing legislation introduced last week.
House Bill Number 1203 (pdf) states that, ?Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a driver of a motor vehicle who unintentionally causes injury or death to an individual obstructing vehicular traffic on a public road, street, or highway, is not guilty of an offense.?
The bill is slated to be heard by the North Dakota?s House Transportation Committee on Friday.
Rep. Keith Kempenich (R-Bowman), one of the bill?s co-sponsors, told theBismarck Tribune on Wednesday, ?[The roads are] not there for the protesters. They?re intentionally putting themselves in danger.?
?It?s shifting the burden of proof from the motor vehicle driver to the pedestrian,? Kempenich said.
Tara Houska, an Indigenous water protector and attorney who has resided at the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)
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