The police response to ongoing protests against the North Dakota Access Pipeline appears to be getting more and more intense.
Environmental activist Erin Schrode was shot in the back with a rubber bullet while interviewing a protestor on Wednesday, and she captured the moment as it happened.
Schrode posted the video to Facebook on Thursday afternoon.
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Schrode wrote an emotional testimony along with the video, describing how difficult it is for her to watch herself get shot.
Schrode was standing opposite police on the shoreline of the Cantapeta Creek when she was shot.
While she's clearly very shaken by what happened, she wants to make sure the focus remains on the cause of the protestors. At the same time, she wants to ensure people see the "excessive force" used by police firsthand.
On Facebook, she wrote,
Schrode maintains the protest was peaceful.
Others, including Josh Fox -- the Oscar-nominated documentary director of "Gasland" -- confirm her account.
Speaking with Alternet, Fox said,
The standoff between police and protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline has been heating up recently.
Last week, 141 protestors were arrested.
The situation in North Dakota is tied to both the treatment of Native Americans and climate change.
The Dakota Access Pipeline is a $3.7 billion project that would carry crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has protested the construction of this pipeline, arguing it threatens their land, culture and water supply.
The response from police has reportedly been extremely excessive at times, with some protesters accusing the police of putting them in "dog kennels" and marking them with numbers, according to the Washington Post.
It's not exactly a secret the US has a long history of oppressing and neglecting indigenous peoples, and this situation has led many to reflect on this.
Meanwhile, it's also tied to the issue of climate change and the desire to see the US move away from fossil fuels, among other environmental concerns.
Neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump have addressed what's happening in North Dakota.
The two candidates for the major political parties in the US, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, are under fire for not addressing this situation.
Jamie Henn, a spokesperson for 350 Action who is currently in North Dakota, told Elite Daily,
While Henn was critical of both Trump and Clinton in terms of their responses (or lack thereof) to the pipeline, he believes one candidate is still clearly more concerned about climate change and the environment.
President Obama has addressed the situation, but many are not satisfied with his response.
Needless to say, it does not appear like this situation, and the issues surrounding it, will be resolved anytime soon.