BREAKING: 'Ongoing riot' reported on bridge as 400 pipeline protesters, law officers face off (LIVE UPDATES)
MANDAN, N.D. — Law enforcement and Dakota Access protesters were in what officers called an "ongoing riot" Sunday night.
The site of the confrontation was the Backwater Bridge, north of a protest camp in Morton County south of Mandan.
The incident began around 6 p.m. Sunday evening, when protesters removed a truck that had been on the bridge since Oct. 27, when protesters set two trucks on fire.
An estimated 400 protesters were on the bridge and attempting to go north on North Dakota Highway 1806, but law officers formed a line north of the bridge to prevent protesters movement. As of 8:30 p.m. protesters were also starting multiple fires and Mandan Rural and Bismarck fire departments were on the scene.
Officers on the scene were describing protesters' actions as "very aggressive" as they noted that they also used an "organized tactical movement and attempted to flank and attack law officers" from the side on the west of the bridge.
Law officers said they used "less-than-lethal" means including launching tear gas.
Dallas Goldtooth, an organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network, posted on Facebook Sunday night that protesters were "done with the military-style barricades."