UPDATED: National Guard Warns Soldiers Not To Wear Uniforms In Public After Soldiers Accosted At Buffalo Wild Wings
UPDATE: The following alert has been issued pursuant to the incident involving National Guard soldiers at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Rapid City, South Dakota.
The woman is believed at this time to have been part of anti-Keystone pipeline protests and yelled about the Keystone pipeline.
National Guard soldiers were accosted at a Buffalo Wild Wings in Rapid City, South Dakota, the National Guard confirms to Big League Politics.
In response, the National Guard has warned its service members not to wear their uniforms in public while they are off duty, as the anti-Keystone pipeline protests intensify.
“I can confirm that the incident took place, and that there were National Guard soldiers that were involved,” National Guard lieutenant colonel Anthony Deiss confirms to Big League Politics. More than 80 people protested outside the Rapid City courthouse as the battle over the Keystone pipeline heads to court. The ACLU’s lawsuit against South Dakota governor Kristi Noem over a law seeking criminal penalties for “riot boosting” made its way to court Thursday.
“We’ve made National Guard soldiers and service members aware of the incident and what had happened and to maintain awareness when out in public in uniform, and if they see something out of the ordinary or suspicious to report that through the chain of command,” Deiss stated.
“While off duty is what we recommended,” Deiss said, confirming that the National Guard recommended that its soldiers not wear their uniforms in public while off duty.
“When they are off-duty, we make recommendations on what they should wear, but most service members when they’re off duty usually wear civilian clothes anyway,” Deiss said.
Shad Olson, South Dakota broadcaster and activist, first learned about the incident and wrote the following based on a National Guard source:
“A woman believed to be a leftist pipeline protester accosts a group of U.S. Army National Guard soldiers at a Rapid City, South Dakota restaurant, setting off a fire extinguisher during a busy lunch hour.
Witnesses say a female protester screaming, “Babykiller, Babykiller,” and other obscenities was forced to leave the restaurant by management. Firefighters responded to clear the building of particulate spread by the fire extinguisher and turn off the building’s fire alarm system that had been triggered by the fire extinguisher.”
Shad Olson’s dispatch concludes