@Regrann from @freedom_faction - #StandingRock, ND — (RT) The price of policing the North #dakotaaccesspipelinehas been tallied at $22.3 million, a cost that #northdakotais not happy to pay.
On Monday, the #mortoncountySheriff’s Office released their “By the Numbers” report, which details the costs that were diverted from normal operations to respond to “illegal activity since August 10, 2016.” [Resources/Costs] to support State/Local response to ensure public safety in Morton County & Bismarck region since Aug10/2016 #dapl#NoDAPLpic.twitter.com/aMOxH38pon — MortonCountySheriff (@MortonCountySD) January 9, 2017
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.” 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. ✋🏾More in comments👇🏾 #mniwiconi #waterislife #IStandWithStandingRock #nodapl #opnodapl #divestdapl- #regrann