BISMARCK, N.D. — A New York City woman who suffered a serious arm injury in an explosion while protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota is suing the federal government to obtain evidence, hoping it will bolster a civil rights lawsuit she plans to file against law enforcement.
Sophia Wilansky’s lawsuit seeks the return of shrapnel and clothing taken from her while she was hospitalized following her November 2016 injury, or an opportunity to have the items analyzed by a forensic scientist she hired a year ago. She filed the federal lawsuit Friday against the FBI and other federal agencies.
Wilansky’s father willingly surrendered the evidence after his daughter was injured in an explosion. He has since made several efforts to re-obtain it, but he has been rebuffed by federal authorities for more than a year, according to the family’s attorney, Matthew Pelikan.