How much did the South Dakota Highway Patrol spend in supporting state/corporate oppression of free speech at the Dakota Access pipeline protests in North Dakota last fall and winter? $518,154.38, says SDHP spokesman Tony Mangan, an amount that has been fully reimbursed by the state of North Dakota. Mangan says our Highway Patrol expended 8,800 manhour and other resources making life harder for Americans who don’t support Energy Transfer Partners’ endangerment of our water.
SDHP’s expenditures on the Dakota Access protests equal 1.5% of its FY2017 budget.
North Dakota says it spent $40 million on
quashing protest enforcing the law during the Dakota Access demonstration, but the former Energy Transfer Partners shareholder now occupying the White House refused to issue the disaster declaration that would have sent FEMA funds North Dakota’s way. North Dakota is now seeking $13.85 million in Federal Law Enforcement Assistance funds… because we should all help pay for the corporate-fascist police state.
Related: Some protest deserves a police response. Des Moines residents Jessica Reznicek and Ruby Montoya admitted last week to vandalizing construction equipment and steel valves in Iowa and South Dakota to delay construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. Reznicek and Montoya are suspects in vandalism reported in Minnehaha County in May. Reznicek called this vandalism “peaceful and viable tactics against corporate atrocities,” then, with Iowa state troopers watching, joined Montoya in taking a hammer and a crowbar to the Iowa Utilities Board sign behind them.