Standing Rock Protest Eviction Reports (Bismarck Police Department)

Curtis Waltman filed this request with the Bismarck Police Department of Bismarck, ND.


From: Curtis Waltman

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to North Dakota Constitution, Article XI, Section 6, and the North Dakota Open Records Statute, N.D.C.C. ยง 44-04-18(1), I hereby request the following records:

Arrest reports for anyone taken into custody on February 22nd or February 23rd of 2017 in the area along the Cannonball River that was the site of the anti-Dakota Access pipeline protests. On the dates just mentioned an eviction of demonstrators took place. I would also like any Special Event Threat Assessment Reports, situational awareness reports, compilations of equipment or munitions to be used, any after action reports, any incident reports, and any post-operational briefings or memoranda to personnel concerning the eviction. I would also like any reports on the cleaning up of the protester camp, which came to be known as Oceti Sakowin. These would be reports dealing with what role the department would play in the clean up, and what methods were used.

As a member of the news media working for MuckRock News I request that a fee waiver for my request be granted. My work has also been published by national outlets. My work for Motherboard can be viewed at the following link:

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I would request your response within ten (10) business days.


Curtis Waltman

From: Tara Axtman

Good morning,

Attached you will find the response to your request.

Thank you for your request.

Tara Axtman
Records Supervisor
City of Bismarck Police Department
700 S 9th St
Bismarck, ND 58504
Office: 701-223-1212
Fax: 701-355-1925

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