In October, a panicked man drove a pickup truck through the Standing Rock Sioux encampment, alerting camp security to confront him, while he aimed a semi-automatic rifle at them. The man, Kyle Thompson, was dressed like a water protector and later claimed he was a North Dakota Access contractor hired to inspect equipment that was set on fire. When media asked DAPL about Thompson, the company disavowed him saying they will not take responsibility for him. Fast forward to December and Thompson was let go, charges dropped, while one of the water protectors, Brennon Nastacio (the guy in the video wearing the coonskin hat), who talked Thompson down from aiming his gun everywhere, is being charged with a class “C” felony for “terrorizing” a Dakota Access Pipeline contractor.
During that tense standoff, Nastacio told Thompson nothing would happen to him if he gave the gun up, even telling other protectors to back off. He told Thompson that he was safe and to either give his gun up or at least stop pointing it directly at other water protectors. Nastacio says safety and security in the camp is his job and his first concern was getting the pointed gun out of police view for fear of them opening fire on Thompson and everyone around him.
To clarify, DAPL said they do not take responsibility for Thompson, but Morton County wants to treat a peaceful man like a terrorist for talking a tense situation down. Even though Thompson was dressed as a water protector and mislead them, initially telling Standing Rock he was there to represent them, and even though DAPL doesn’t take responsibility for Thompson, Morton County wants to bring charges to Nastacio for “terrorizing” a DAPL worker.
Nastacio turned himself in at he beginning of January because he wants to know how Morton County equates terrorism to peacefully talking a crazed man down. In the interim, Nastacio tried to crowd source via GoFundMe.org but they shut his account down. Now he’s raising money for legal fees through generosity.com.