More than 40 arrested in Southeast Iowa at Bakken Pipeline Protest
Hundreds gathered in Sandusky, Iowa Saturday afternoon to protest the placement of the Bakken Pipeline.
A representative that was leading the protest gave law enforcement advanced notice of the protest and advised that individuals would volunteer to be arrested.
The protest began at 2 p.m..
A company representative read a prepared statement warning the protestors that if they crossed the easement onto the property they faced arrest.
Lee County Chief Deputy Scott Bonar says 38 adults and five juveniles were arrested for trespassing on private property.
"They told us it was going to be a passive protest, and that it was. People volunteered to be arrested and they were. We had thirty eight adult arrests, cited and released. Five juveniles they were cited and released. We had one that has extra charges and was brought to jail," said Chief Deputy Scott Bonar with Lee County Sheriff's Office.
Court dates are set for October 5 and 19.
Chief Deputy Bonar says six off duty officers arrived on scene to assist with the arrests and will receive overtime.
Ryan Cross, 29 on Danville, Iowa, was arrested and charged with Trespass and Interference with Official Acts.
Cross was transported to the Lee County Jail and held for court.
Lee County Sheriff's Deputies, Iowa State Patrol and the Dept. of Corrections assisted in the situation.