North Dakota Police Costs Soars to Over $22 Million at Standing Rock

Published January 11, 2017

BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA – The costs keep mounting for the militarized police tactics at Standing Rock. Since August 10, 2016, North Dakota law enforcement, including the Morton County Sheriff Department have maintained strong presence to against water protectors at Standing Rock, who oppose Dakota Access pipeline.

As of Monday, $22.3 million has been spent to respond to the water protectors.

On Monday, January 9, 2017, the Morton County Sherriff’s Department released a snapshot of the costs for their action since August 10, 2016:

Days of Response Support (since August 10, 2016) 153

Hours of Response Support (as of January 9, 2017) 181,232

State and Local Cost to Taxpayers (estimated as of Jan 4, 2017) $22.3 M

In State Agencies Providing Support 91

States Providing Support1 9

Out of State Agencies Providing Support 33

Number of Arrests 581

Number of Protesters Arrested 556

Percent of Arrestees from Out of State 94.5%


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