ACLU of North Dakota Investigates Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Policing Tactics

Protectors shake hands with officers

Protectors shake hands with officers

Published October 15, 2016

BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA – The ACLU of North Dakota has filed open records requests seeking information about the policing practices and possible use of surveillance technology by the Morton County Sheriff’s Department and North Dakota Highway Patrol related to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.  The open records requests were made to aid the ACLU in its investigation into whether there are constitutional violations related to the law enforcement agencies’ policing and surveillance monitoring of DAPL protests.

The use of highway roadblocks and checkpoints, and militarized equipment by law enforcement in response to DAPL protests and the numerous reports of unwarranted stops by police sent to the ACLU’s office from individuals prompted the records requests.

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