Journalist Erin Schrode Shot With Rubber Bullet While Interviewing DAPL Protester At Standing Rock

Alicia Bayer

Journalist Erin Schrode was shot by police with a rubber bullet while she was interviewing a Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protester at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on Wednesday, and video of the horrifying incident has quickly gone viral.

Schrode, one of the youngest people to run for Congress, was hit by a rubber bullet when police fired on the crowd as she was filming, the New York Post reports.

Schrode was interviewing a peaceful protester by Cantapeta Creek when she was shot without warning, causing her to crumble to the ground while the camera continued rolling.

"I was shot by militarized police WHILE interviewing a man on camera at #Standing Rock…and here's the footage," she posted.

"We're water protectors, basically, that's what we're doing out here," he says.

He continues, telling her why the tribe members believe they have a right to be on the site.

"They're basically on ACE property," he says, "which is Army Corps of Engineers land, and they shouldn't even be up there."

"We have every right, this is Sovereign Nation right here," he tells the camera. "This is Sovereign people's land right here."

At that point in the interview, there is the audible sound of a rubber bullet hitting Schrode, and she can be heard screaming out. The camera then swings wildly and shows other protesters rushing to help the injured journalist.

News outlets such as the New York Post, Fusion, and AJ+ picked up the story and circulated the short video.

"I couldn't fathom that I'd just been hit. Why would they target me? Why would they shoot anyone? There was absolutely nothing violent, aggressive, provocative going on at the protests yesterday."

She described the ordeal of being shot and the pain she was feeling.

"My body will be okay, but I am hurting, I am incensed, I am weeping, I am scared," she wrote. "Peaceful, prayerful, unarmed, nonviolent people on one side of a river; militarized police with armed vehicles and assault weapons occupying treaty land on the other, where sacred burial grounds have already been destroyed."

She described the scene at Standing Rock as "like nothing I have ever seen in my life, anywhere in the world" and wrote that she was proud to stand in solidarity with her Native brothers and sisters "who put their lives on the line and are facing excessive force, pepperspray and mace, historic trauma, brutal arrest, imprisonment in dog kennels, felony charges, and callous destruction of sacred objects."

"This is a fight to protect and defend the water for 17 million people in the watershed downstream to the Gulf, for a livable planet, for Native and human rights, for the lifeforce of us all. We are at the confluence of the movements for civil rights, for the environment, for peace, for justice."
"It is inexcusable for the President Obama to say he will 'let it play out for several more weeks.' It is unjustifiable for the Attorney General to not be here. It is unconscionable for mainstream media to not cover this. It is indefensible for all politicians to not condemn what is occurring here. It is disgraceful for more people to not speak out and show up to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline."

Schrode has reported for many mainstream media outlets in print and television. Her work around the world led the White House to describe Schrode as "a dynamic, passionate and ambitious young woman committed to creating big change everywhere she goes." Some of her past projects include launching a youth education project in Haiti, writing curricula for an eco center for Palestinian, Israeli, and Jordanian students, and developing recycling infrastructure in Ghana. She recently has been working with Syrian, Iraqi, and Afghan refugees.

She has pledged to remain at Standing Rock to continue to cover the unfolding events.

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