The family of the Denver woman who faces attempted murder charges after authorities say she shot at deputies during the Standing Rock protests in North Dakota is speaking out Monday morning.
Red Dawn Fallis was arrested on Oct. 28 during an operation where local police tried to force Dakota Access pipeline protesters off private land.
The local sheriff’s office says the 37-year-old allegedly pulled out a .38-caliber pistol and fired three times, narrowly missing a deputy. Officers didn’t return fire.
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Fallis was also charged with preventing arrest, possession of a concealed handgun and possession of marijuana. She could face 20 years in prison if she’s convicted of attempted murder.
Fallis’ family disagrees with how the sheriff’s office characterized the incident, and they plan to speak to the media at 11 a.m. at the 4 Winds American Indian Council.
In a news release, the family said Fallis was “singled out” by two officers with the Hennepin County MN Sheriff’s Department and “met with excessive force” by law enforcement.
The family also issued a lengthy statement that reads, in part:
“The family of Red Fawn reminds the public of her constitutional guarantees: to peaceably assemble, due process of law, to competent legal counsel, a fair trial, and equal protection of the law. Red Fawn's family disputes and denies all charges against her, and condemns attempts by the Morton County Sheriff's office to discredit and publically convict Red Fawn of unproven allegations without due process of law. Red Fawn is not guilty of any crime nor has she been granted due process, yet Morton County has publicized unproven allegations of Red Fawn on Facebook and other social media outlets. These allegations have not been proven by an impartial jury in a court of law; violating her constitutional right to due process and equal protection of the law.”