Feedback: Mohawk Man Arrested Following Showdown At Old GM Plant
Years of frustration over the contaminated site of the former General Motors Powertrain plant in Massena came to a boiling point Thursday during a standoff between a traditionalist Mohawk and state police.
A number of Mohawks are angry that Native Americans are not getting hired to clean up and dismantle the former plant; they're also upset that contaminated soil has not been removed.
Police said Thompson was one of ten people involved in the demonstration, but the other demonstrators fled when authorities arrived on scene.
According to police, Thompson barricaded himself in the backhoe while authorities negotiated with him to give himself up.
At one point., troopers said Thompson drove towards police.
Thompson was taken into custody and charged with second-degree criminal mischief, second-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree criminal trespass and resisting arrest.
Friday, March 6, 2015, Watertown, NY
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