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From commondreams.org/newswire/2016/11/22/update-sophia-wilansky: Update on Sophia Wilansky | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views ...
Full report on Democracy Now:Father of Activist Injured at Standing Rock Calls on Obama to Stop Dakota Access Pipeline Drilling'
Before I wrote this, I called Wayne Wilansky, the father of the young woman, Sophie, who was so badly injured at Standing Rock by a percussion grenade. I am not going to let my words get in the way of this man's anguish, pain, and his deepest truth. I reached his law firm in New York and left my own message of prayer, anger, and resolve, saying I hope they would do everything possible to let her arm heal, and not amputate it, unless preserving her life became at stake.
Of all of the articles and interviews and discussions I have posted on OpEdNews, this is one of the most moving, the interview with Wayne Wilansky.
I am glad he is a lawyer and will know how to direct the legal response to the illegal actions that may or may not take his daughter's arm. Please take the time to sign the two petitions asking for the Department of Justice to prosecute the Governor and the other to impeach both the Governor and the Sheriff of Morton County.
Here it is, thanks to Common Dreams.
"Sunday's brutal police assault against peaceful Dakota Access Pipeline activists left one water protector, Sophia Wilansky, at risk of losing an arm, and her distraught father spoke out Tuesday and Wednesday against the shocking show of force and demanded government action.
Wayne Wilansky, a 61-year-old lawyer and yoga teacher from New York City, spoke to a reporter in a Facebook live feed about his daughter's devastating injury, allegedly caused by a concussion grenade.
"This is the wound of someone who's a warrior, who was sent to fight in a war," Wayne said. "It's not supposed to be a war. She's peacefully trying to get people to not destroy the water supply. And they're trying to kill her."
Most of the muscle tissue between Sophia's left elbow and wrist as well as two major arteries were completely destroyed, Wayne said, and doctors pulled shrapnel out of the wound.
The Morton County Sheriff's Department has denied using concussion grenades or any equipment that could cause an injury like Sophia's, despite witness accounts and the shrapnel recovered by surgeons from Sophia's arm.
The police in Morton County, North Dakota are acting with such brutality, Wayne warned, that eventually "people are going to die." Wayne's words were echoed on Democracy Now! by Brandi King, a U.S. Army combat veteran and fellow water protector who helped transport Sophia to the hospital.
"[You don't expect those kind of wounds happening when they're not in combat," King said. "That was just--just felt like it was a combat wound, you know, looked like it was a combat wound. She had shrapnel wounds. She didn't have any burns. Her arm was split open. Her skin, her flesh was ripped off of her arm. Her bones were broke."