A long-simmering dispute between Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy and the federal Bureau of Land Management boiled over Wednesday, resulting in a near riot.
Protesters lined a Nevada highway, facing off against what looked to be federal agents armed with taser guns and police dogs. Again and again, the two sides clashed, with a man appearing to be tased more than once as he kicked a dog.
Bundy’s son, Ammon Bundy, claimed he was the one being tased, according to the CBS affiliate KLAS-TV.
A video obtained from Guerilla Media Network captured the confrontation as it took place.
*Caution: Strong Language
The agents eventually did the smart thing and pulled back, as emotions had reached a fever pitch.
There were a few minor injuries among protesters, including a woman who said a ranger hit her with a car, throwing her to the ground.
“I’m shook up, my hand’s cut, my knee’s you know, banged up,” Margaret Bundy-Houston told KLAS-TV.
The dispute with federal agents is over 500 head of cattle belonging to the Bundy family grazing on public land. The Bureau of Land Management says they have been allowed to do so illegally and have been rounding up the livestock.
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval released a statement Tuesday saying his office has received numerous complaints of Bureau of Land Management misconduct.
“I have recently met with state legislators, county officials and concerned citizens to listen to their concerns,” Sandoval said. “I have expressed those concerns directly to the BLM.”
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