While the Dakota did not ask for a permit for the four days, the property manager has provided one. Despite the permit and the ceremonies that are happening on site, there continues to be heavy surveillance by Homeland Security, Hennepin County Sheriffs, and riot-police from various police agencies.
The Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign rally held at Mears Park and the march that followed were heavily infiltrated by plainclothes police.
Police quickly arrived on the scene, jumped out of a black tactical van, pepper sprayed the group and then tackled three people.
Erik Forman was recently fired for labor organizing, although that was not the official explanation given by Starbucks.