Above Photo: Water Protectors lock down to construction equipment at a Line 3 pipeline pumping station near the Itasca State Park in Minnesota as police in riot gear line up on June 7, 2021. Kerem Yucel / AFP / Getty Images.
The Center for Protest Law & Litigation has obtained documents through our ongoing investigation showing that Jonathan Frieden, the lead prosecutor in Hubbard County, Minnesota, who is seeking to jail hundreds of peaceful Line 3 water protectors, sought Enbridge pipeline corporation’s money to fund his prosecutions.
We are releasing the docs here showing an initial bill submitted to the Public Safety Escrow Trust, and his outrage when he didn’t get what he wanted. The expectation of funding incentivized the wrongful charging of hundreds.
The so-called Public Safety Escrow Trust has funneled millions of dollars of Enbridge money to law enforcement in Minnesota, incentivizing the repression of water protectors at Line 3.
You can view the documents here: