Morton County Sheriff Announces New Law Enforcement Tactics For DAPL Demonstrations

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Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier

Law enforcement officials from across the country ready to support Morton County Sheriff’s Department with DAPL protests

By Sara Berlinger | 

Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier has announced new law enforcement tactics to handle Dakota Access Pipeline demonstrations that aren’t slowing down.

Thursday afternoon, Kirchmeier was joined by leaders in local enforcement as well as a Wyoming Sheriff. All of the officers potentially will play a part in the new approach.

The Western States Sheriffs’ Association President Danny Glick says he’s ready to round up officers from all across the country, if necessary, to assist Morton County.

Keeping the peace in Morton County has become a daily struggle for law enforcement – being outnumbered is a constant challenge. Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier announced he’s getting support from all over the country to help with Dakota Access Pipeline protests.

“When a law enforcement leader calls for assistance, we are all going to come. Same sentiment holds true with sheriffs across this nation,” says Paul Laney, Cass County Sheriff.

Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney is serving as Kirchmeier’s Operations Chief for the protests. Now, out of state officers may be called on as reinforcements.

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“There’s a lot of expertise out there across this nation with the sheriffs, and if they can in somehow bring their expertise and their resources here to assist the sheriff, that’s what we need to do,” says Danny Glick, Laramie County Sheriff, Western States Sheriffs’ Association President.

Kirchmeier says the Sacred Stone Camp has expanded to more than 2,000 people. He says it takes a lot of manpower to control demonstrations that large.

“The protest has grown outside I think of what the intentions of the Standing Rock people wanted to occur. This was all about the water, and the pipeline, and the easement going under the core, not a pipeline being put out in the middle of the prairie,” says Kirchmeier.

Protests Wednesday and Thursday occurred outside the 20-mile voluntary ‘no construction zone’ called for by federal authorities. Kirchmeier says maintaining public safety in Morton County is his number one priority, and now with the support from officers from other states, he hopes to accomplish that.

The Morton County Sheriff’s Department says protests halted work at several Dakota Access construction sites Thursday, but it didn’t stop altogether.

Source: KFYR-TV

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11 thoughts on “Morton County Sheriff Announces New Law Enforcement Tactics For DAPL Demonstrations

  1. jamie flynn

    the simplest way to keep peace would be stop work on the the pipeline… all the police can go home and be with their families…

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  2. Jeff chavis

    This is bullshit and abusive of power and a waste of money sheriff your a out right liar. Mni Wiconi it’s all Indian land your sheriffs are not recognized until they protect the people not big oil

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  3. Randy Ferguson

    The great lift in North Dakota comes from the unexpected source. Thousands come to North Dakota spending money making a significant economic growth to local businesses. CITIES WITH IN THE STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA ARE EXPERIENCING AN ECONOMIC LIFT FROM PEOPLE TRAVELING TO SUPPORT A NO VOTE TO PIPLINE THREAT TO CLEAN WATER.
    From motels to auto rentals to hardware stores. Markets, clothing stores etc.

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  4. Madam Nomad

    Maintaining public safety? The only way to do that is to stop the rapacious fossil fuel corporations from destroying the planet. Those who profit from fossil fuels don’t care that they are endangering all life on earth, destroying land and water and raising the temperature of the planet beyond where it can sustain ANY kind of life.

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  5. Winnie Pitawanakwat

    What the heck does he mean needs more help? The protectors have no guns, rifles, and no intention of getting violent. Is he trying to fool people that just because there are over 2000 protectors, he needs to use 2000, 4000 law officers?

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  6. Carla

    Dont the ND officials realize that more officers will only equate to more water protectors showing up at the camp? We The People will not give in to the big oil corporations!!! We will stand strong in song and prayer and we will defeat the Black Snake! #NoDAPL #WaterisLife

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  7. Brent Hunter

    What public is he trying to protect? There aren’t any caucasian citizens out there on the prairie to protect. They are lying to the public to make the Natives out to be the bad guys. You just know that Morton County law enforcement is made up of racists following the main racist, Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier. I wish they would put that pipeline right next to his mansion then let’s see how patriotic he really is. They are looking for ANY reason to kill Natives. There will be no sand bags bullets or flash bangs, they will all open up and massacre everyone. Then the national news outlets will not say a damn thing on it. This is America i 2016.

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  8. Are-tee

    ““There’s a lot of expertise out there across this nation with the sheriffs, and if they can in somehow bring their expertise and their resources here to assist the sheriff, that’s what we need to do,” says Danny Glick, Laramie County Sheriff, Western States Sheriffs’ Association President.” yes it takes a lot of”expertise” to violate the rights of people. Whatever happened to protecting the people from greedy corporations ? How much is DAPL paying or going to pay these sheriffs??

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