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Dresslar writes: "Earlier this month, the Morton County Sheriff's Department briefed the public via Facebook on the scope of law enforcement presence that was helping confront protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock."

Donald Trump's pick to head DOJ, Jeff Sessions. (photo: H. Armstrong Roberts/Getty)
Donald Trump's pick to head DOJ, Jeff Sessions. (photo: H. Armstrong Roberts/Getty)

How Many Law Enforcement Agencies Does It Take to Subdue a Peaceful Protest?

By Thomas Dresslar, American Civil Liberties Union

25 November 16


arlier this month, the Morton County Sheriff’s Department briefed the public via Facebook on the scope of law enforcement presence that was helping confront protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock. 

The help was made possible by a bill signed into law by President Bill Clinton about 20 years ago, which created an interstate agreement for emergency management. The agreement helped bring law enforcement agents to North Dakota to the site of protests by the Standing Rock Sioux against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The protests at Standing Rock, and the Black Lives Matter protests in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray, represent some of the only times the compact has been invoked outside of a natural disaster.

The ACLU assembled the names of law enforcement agencies below from the Morton County Sheriff’s Department and from media accounts. The Morton County Sheriff’s Department confirmed the cities and counties in North Dakota that sent officers as well as the 10 states that contributed, and where there was a news story about a particular force, we included a hyperlink. Where there was mention of the number of officers deployed, we noted that as a minimum — though more may have been deployed later.

(photo: ACLU)

North Dakota: 

1.   North Dakota Highway Patrol

2.   North Dakota National Guard

3.   North Dakota Parks & Recreation

4.   North Dakota Department of Emergency Services

5.   North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation: Parole and Probation


6.   Beulah Police Department

7.   City of Bismarck Police Department

8.  Dickinson City

9.   City of Fargo Police Department (50 officers)

10.  Hazen City

11.  Jamestown City

12.  City of Mandan Police Department

13.  Minot City

14.  Steele PD

15.  Grand Forks City

16.  Williston City

17.  Rolla City

18.  West Fargo City

19.  Wishek City

20.  Watford City

21.  Grafton City


22.  Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department

23.  Cass County Sheriff’s Department

24.  Pennington County Sheriff's Department (12 officers) 

25.  Dunn County

26.  Emmons County

27.  McKenzie County

28.  McLean County

29.  Mercer County Sheriff’s Department

30.  Morton County

31.  Stark County

32.  Stutsman County

33.  Ward County

34.  Williams County Sheriff’s Department

35.  Grand Forks County

36.  Divide County

37.  Kidder County

38.  Grant County

39.  Bowman County

40.  Benson County

41.  Burke County 

42.  McIntosh County

43.  Barnes County

44.  Bottineau County

45.  Logan County

46.  Trail County 


47.  St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Department


48.  Montana Highway Patrol (at least 10 officers)


49.  Wisconsin State Patrol (at least 17 officers)

50.  Dane County Sheriff’s Department (at least 10 officers)

51.  Dane County Special Events Team (at least 3 supervisors)

52.  St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department (at least 4 officers)

53.  Rock County Sheriff’s Department (at least 5 officers)

54.  Marathon County Sheriff’s Department (at least 4 officers)


55.  Hennepin County Sheriff's Department (at least 29 personnel)

56.  Anoka County Sheriff's Department (at least 6 personnel)

57.  Washington County Sheriff's Department (at least 5 personnel)

South Dakota:

58.  South Dakota Highway Patrol


59.  Wyoming Highway Patrol (at least 6 officers)

60.  Laramie County Sheriff's Department


61.  Nebraska State Patrol (at least 11 officers)


62.  Lake County Sheriff’s Department

63.  Schererville Police Department

64.  Hammond Police Department

65.  Griffith Police Department

66.  Michigan City Police Department

67.  Munster Police Department

68.  Indiana Department of Natural Resources

69.  Marion County Sheriff’s Department

70.  Brookville Police Department

71.  Porter County

72.  LaPorte County

73.  Jasper County

74.  Newton County


75.  Ohio State Highway Patrol (at least 37 officers) your social media marketing partner


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+12 # HowardMH 2016-11-25 11:40
Send this to your elected scum sucking whore on Capital Hill and tell them they have been notified.

The American Spring will start when there are thousands of really, really pissed off people at the Capital (with 2x2s and baseball bats) all at the same time raising some serious hell against the Lunatics, and idiots absolutely nothing is ever, ever going to happen to these totally bought and paid for by the richest 400 families in the world that are becoming more and more powerful with each passing rigged election thanks to the stupid people.

So, scream, yell, chant, stomp your feet, threaten to hold your breath, and beat your drums so the media can show it on the evening news, while all of those who can actually do anything about it are home counting their donation money and laughing all the way to the bank.

How is that Hopie Changie been working out for you so far?

Yes there is still hope for the America we used to know, but I agree it is fading fast.
-43 # 2016-11-25 11:53
This protest is not entirely "peaceful."

The protestors are trespassing on private property, committing arson, throwing rocks (one cop in hospital already), and probably trying to set off an IED (evidence has been recovered but it needs to be tied via DNA testing to the young lady who was hospitalized when the explosion went off prematurely).

While I have a lot of sympathy for the Sioux who are living on the worst reservations in the country and who are pariahs in local communities, I have no sympathy for arsonists and trespassers and rock throwers and bombers.

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts
+6 # ReconFire 2016-11-25 20:58
Turn off Fox news, it's rotting you're brain.
+2 # Bourbaki 2016-11-25 23:25
Lee, why are you really here? You would be much happier with the Faux-natics.
+24 # MendoChuck 2016-11-25 12:33
I wonder what effect this might have.
Stay turned for December 4th to 7th.
It could be a game changer if enough vets show up.
+4 # Bourbaki 2016-11-25 23:28
We had a vet at out Thanksgiving dining table that is on her way for the 12/4-7 gathering. Heads off with our hopes, prayers and support.
+12 # Logic 2016-11-25 14:37
This pipeline project is owned by Energy Transfer Partners (ETP).
ETP is being merged with Sunoco (SXL).
The merger deal is complicated and may not benefit shareholders in ETP.

How is this relevant to the protest? My point is that the world of giant pipelines is complex, and is driven by forces far removed from the parcels of property where the oil will flow. It is in the world of big business and finance.

The US Army Corps of Engineers is issuing permits incrementally, for very small parts of the total pipeline. For example, a river crossing gets its own permit. In this, the Corps is showing a bias in favor of the corporations.

There are limits to the number of acres that are allowed to be damaged under one permit. By splitting the project into tiny units the Corps allows the project to proceed. The total damage for the hundreds-of-mil es-long pipeline might exceed the limit.

This is where Obama could step in. He could ask the Corps of Engineers to review the permitting of the pipeline. He could save face and let the Corps take the heat.
+11 # uuzul 2016-11-25 17:23
Not one mention has been made of WHO is paying the overtime/ extra duty costs for these law enforcement agencies. Certainly their own small departments cannot handle by any stretch of the imagination the costs of their officers being called up like military units. Who will cover medical costs? Do they get contributions to their pensions? How is the cost of housing these units covered? Does their food go on their expense accounts? Remembering that there is such a thing as bribing a police officer, or in this case entire units. Hmmmm....
Inquiring minds want to know. (And I suspect 'following the money' will enlighten us all.)
+6 # FarMor 2016-11-25 18:57
I can't imagine that all the localities represented by these diverse law enforcement agencies have enough in their budgets to cover the costs of transportation, salary, food, shelter, etc. I think it is likely that the builders and financiers of the pipeline are covering some or all of the extra costs. Hmm... does that fit the definition of fascism? As you say, it would be interesting to follow the money.
+3 # Kootenay Coyote 2016-11-25 17:58
"Not one mention has been made of WHO is paying the overtime/ extra duty costs for these law enforcement agencies. "

The public is WHO.

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