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SEE IT: Journalist shot with rubber bullet while conducting interview at Standing Rock protests

BY CHRIS SOMMERFELDT
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, November 4, 2016, 6:44 AM

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Erin Schrode claims she was shot with a rubber bullet while conducting an interview during the Standing Rock protests.

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A self-described “citizen activist” and journalist covering the increasingly high-tensioned Standing Rock demonstrations in North Dakota was shot in the back with a rubber bullet while on-camera interviewing a protester Wednesday.

Erin Schrode told the Daily News a gunshot rang out as she was interviewing a Native-American man about why he was protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline development project, which threatens to skirt the Standing Rock Reservation along the North Dakota-South Dakota border and compromise water supplies in the region.

“Basically what we’re doing is protecting the water.

They shouldn’t even be up there,” the man says in the video interview, pointing to dozens of cops standing along a river bank. “We have every right, this is sovereign nation land.”

Then, seemingly from out of nowhere, what appears to be a loud gunshot blast ripples through the air, following by the sound of Schrode screaming in pain.

“Are you okay? Are you okay?” a male voice can be heard yelling as Schrode appears to tumble over in the video.

Schrode, 25, said scores of protesters were attempting to cross the small river to hold a prayer ceremony when dozens of heavily armed cops in riot gear blocked their way, triggering a standoff.

Schrode remained on the other side of the bank to conduct interviews and said she didn't provoke any officers.

“I was standing there, mid-conversation interviewing this peaceful Native-American man when all of a sudden I felt a blow of maximum force to my lower back and I had no clue what just happened,” Schrode told The News.

Turning around, Schrode said she saw an officer still pointing the barrel of his rubber bullet gun at her.

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Police have used pepper spray and rubber bullets against Standing Rock protesters. (STEPHANIE KEITH/REUTERS)

“I can’t tell you why they targeted me,” she said. “My back was to them, there was no violence, there was no aggression. It’s atrocious.”

Numerous journalists and protesters have been arrested and wounded during the tumultuous protests, which have been going on for several months.

President Obama announced on Wednesday that the Army Corps of Engineers is considering ways to circumvent the sacred Native American site for the 1,172 mile, $3.8 billion pipeline.

But that’s too little, too late, Schrode said.

“Mr. President, while you’re waiting to see how it plays out, journalists are being shot and innocent protesters are being arrested,” she said.

“This is a fight for so much more than just stopping one pipeline.

This is about human rights, and also this is something that can be stopped.”

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