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Cops Oppressing Water Protectors at DAPL Cost $22mn, Officials Now Want You to Pay For It

Standing Rock, ND — (RT) The price of policing the North Dakota Access Pipeline has been tallied at $22.3 million, a cost that North Dakota is not happy to pay.

On Monday, the Morton County Sheriff’s Office released their “By the Numbersreport, which details the costs that were diverted from normal operations to respond to “illegal activity since August 10, 2016.

 

 

In total, the report says that $22.3 million of state and local taxpayer funds went to supporting the policing effort, with 91 different state agencies from nine other states providing support.

The amount is $5 million more than the entire state set aside last year, and it could fund the state treasury for more than two decades.

According to the report, the money was spent on 181,232 hours of policing over a period of 153 days. In that time, 581 protesters were arrested, 94.9 percent of whom came from out of state. Of those arrested, 182 had a prior criminal record, with 25 of those having a history of violence, including any history of domestic violence or child abuse.

All of the protest-related costs were decided by the state lawmakers, but North Dakota state representative Jeff Delzer (R-8th district), chairman of the state house’s appropriations committee, says state officials want the federal government to help pay for the costs.

We’re not happy at all that the federal government is not ponying up. This should be their responsibility,” Delzer said, the Associated Press reported. “But the fact of the matter is, until they pony up we have to cover those costs.”

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In response to the protests, then-Governor Jack Dalrymple (R) issued an emergency declaration under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) to ask for assistance with the protesters.

The bill, which was passed by President Bill Clinton in 1996 in response to devastation caused by Hurricane Andrew, was originally intended to allow states to ask for assistance with natural disasters, not protesters.

EMAC was also used by the police in Baltimore during Black Lives Matters protests in 2016. Officers from Pennsylvania and New Jersey were sent to assist, and afterward the state of Maryland fully compensated the out-of-state officers for their time and effort.

When Indiana agreed to send officers to assist with the DAPL protests, Griffith Police Chief Greg Mance said that their agreement included payments for “all wages, overtime and cost of benefits to the officers, meals while the officers are on duty, a per diem while they are off duty, lodging for the officers during their time of stay and mileage reimbursement for the communities who sent vehicles,” according to the Northwest Indiana Times.

Assurances for payments are also laid out in a Mutual Aid and Assistance Agreement between the Morton County Sheriff’s Office and the city of Grand Forks, where Morton County agreed to “reimburse the city of Grand Forks for actual expenses incurred pursuant to this agreement.”

After months of violent clashes with the police, which were reported as “very aggressive” and caused 167 demonstrators to be injured, the $3.8 billion pipeline, which was planned to go through four different states, was put on hold.

Along with the money spent on policing, the report also details that 50 to 75 cars or structures were abandoned on the site of the protester’s camp, as well as one bull, two horses, three bison, four cows getting killed, while two cows were injured and 30 went missing.

  • Peace and Love

    Wait until they get the settlement bill for the Class Action Lawsuit for civil rights violations… and crimes against humanity (constant chemtrail spraying).

    • The Cat’s Vagina

      You lost me at “chemtrail spraying.” In my experience and observation, people who believe in chemtrails are invariably a few fries short of a Happy Meal.

      • Peace and Love

        I could say the same for people who never bother to look up at what used to be blue skies.

        • The Cat’s Vagina

          They’re still a crystalline azure here in Texas… and I live five miles from one of the biggest airports in the world.

          • Peace and Love

            Then you’re lucky. A lot of people around the world aren’t.

          • Guy

            And how dose any of that, have a thing to do with the State Of ND. sticking it to the people, to pay over $20 Million Dollars for Fulton’s Folly !?

            Except now, maybe you are seeing two communist behind every bush and rock !

          • Peace and Love

            Go back to sleep or troll on over to CNN. This is a grown-up conversation.

          • Guy

            You calling me a “Troll” is about equal to “Chicken Little Yelling About The Sky Is Falling.” Neither are very smart and not practical either, except in the case of mud slinging or kicking sand into other’s faces, to prove a point. Didn’t you just mumble something about being,”Grown-Up” !?

          • Peace and Love

            For fuck’s sake, are you still here? But then I suppose a lot of people say that to you…

          • Guy

            No ! Actually you are the only one ! So as they say, “You can put that in your Peace and Love Pipe and smoke it !” Have a nice day Mr. Puck !

        • billdeserthills

          I love the cotton candy colored clouds I now see at sunset, as a child they looked red though

      • Blaine

        I used to be in the same boat, now I am not so sure…

        While much of the “chemtrail” conspiracy is composed of outright impossibilities, I stumbled across some info backed by plausible logic that now leaves me silently on the fence.

        http://enouranois.eu/

        • The Cat’s Vagina

          Doesn’t the .eu mean it’s a European site?

          • Blaine

            yeah

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            It seems a little far-fetched. Is there any (reputable) American entity that can confirm these claims?

          • doucyet

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4WhYKP83zo

            Many experts testify at this hearing.

            GeoengineeringWatch.org

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          • Blaine

            Like I said, I’m not a convinced/converted skeptic, bit just a quiet fence sitter.

            The research that’s cited is sound and fits the known phenomena in ways I had never considered before, but plenty of folks in the govt and industry sure have.

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          • Abe Martin

            ”(reputable) American entity” you are definitely 2 fries short of a happy meal LMAO if you think there is a ” (reputable) American entity” oh my !

          • Amor Terra

            Oh yeah, because Americans are so much more advanced than every other country in the world, right? That’s probably why we’re +/- 30th in life expectancy, 31st in infant survival rates, 55th in education, 27th in use of renewable energy technologies, 33rd in scientific literacy, 37th in quality of healthcare, etc., etc., etc. Yeah we wouldn’t want to believe anything produced in those countries that beat us out on nearly every score… good thinking there puss-puss.

      • Seth Tyrssen

        Nope, the chemtrail spraying was for real.

      • Abe Martin

        lmao and you call yourself “Cat’s Vagina ” please call the kettle black. Did I see that Nasa recently released a statement admitting of this and since I am not a cat’s vagina or a chem trail connoisseur not claiming any great insight’s on either subject.

      • Jerry Schull

        So you are saying you don’t believe weather modification is going on actively? Look I know it’s illegal to do so as a weapon of war, but it would not be the first time the US military used citizens (and soldiers) as guinea pigs and never told them. Conspiracy theory they call it and ridicule is their weapon to stifle the truth. This is well documented. (i.e., LSD, radiation, etc). There are even companies that specialize in cloud seeding. (i.e. http://www.weathermodification.com/program-services.php).

      • James Billington
      • John C Carleton

        In my experience people who talk like you do are either sheep or thirty shekel zionist trolls.

  • doucyet

    It was and is a peaceful protest. The PTB are now fighting to split the bill for sending in the “troops” to screw with peaceful folks. They may just piss off enough people all at once someday to really have their hands full.

  • Seth Tyrssen

    My short-form response to such a demand would be, “fuck you.”

    • billdeserthills

      Let the people who caused the trouble pay for it & make them take down their illegal pipeline too

  • Streetiebird

    A few bad apples really screwed things up for the protesters. I feel bad for the tribe, since so many jerks showed up who just wanted to throw things at police and escalate every encounter with law enforcement.

    • TeslaFan

      There were no acts of violence on any level from the water protectors. Not a single incident. You are a big fat L.I.A.R.

      • Streetiebird

        None you say? What about rocks being thrown, deputies being injured, men being run off the road and having their vehicles torched, property being set on fire, property being destroyed, shots being fired, a woman who may have blown up her own arm, possible molotov cocktails being thrown? Do those not count as violence on ANY level?

        • TeslaFan

          None of it happened, as you know. Are you a paid LIAR or a volunteer? Either way, you are the perfect corporate tool, the quintessential stool pigeon for the one percent and you aren’t even one of them. Hahahahaha….They are laughing are you and so is everyone else.

          • Streetiebird

            Many of these incidents were caught on video and are common knowledge. Should I not believe my own senses and the evidence?

            I support the tribe, but not the minority of violent protesters.

  • JR

    Take the money out of the EPA budget for every ecology terrorist get together. If not enough, defund the UN, Dakota tribes assistance and then sue greenwar… sorry, greenpeace for the rest. I think deportation to Saudi Arabia would be next for anyone unauthorized within 100 yards of the pipeline.

  • TeslaFan

    Clearly, the owners of the pipeline are liable for all these expenses and the upcoming lawsuits, as well. Why is there still a conversation over this?

  • John C Carleton

    Maybe they should send the bill to the Pipe line company, as theta is who they prostituted themselves for.