Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Police across the country looked at Standing Rock as a sort of law enforcement laboratory

One of the tactics used by North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple to try and quell the #NoDAPL protests at Standing Rock was the Emergency Management Assistance Compact or EMAC. EMAC, which was originally intended for inter-state cooperation in the case of natural disasters and terrorism, has been increasingly used to combat protests such as in Baltimore and Cleveland, and in this case allowed almost 40 police departments and sheriff’s offices to flock to Morton County, ND and participate in crowd control.

A batch of emails that we have received from the Wyoming Highway Patrol in response to our request about their EMAC documents, has helped shed some light on how law enforcement views the EMAC and the Standing Rock protests. It seems from the emails that the WHP and other police departments viewed the protest as a valuable chance to learn how to control large scale direct actions by protesters.

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