Though the protesters claimed to be peaceful and prayerful, this was not the case for many.all of them. They also called North Dakota citizens hateful racists, but some were racist themselves. Their crime included theft, graffitti, online harassment, trespass, destruction of property, assault on law enforcement, inciting riots, possible poaching, and more. Some of the actions at the more violent incursions at Backwater Bridge could be considered domestic terrorism due to the use of incendiary devices (e.g. Molotov cocktails) used or intended to be used against law enforcement.