Morton County Sheriff's Department social media surveillance

Sarah Emerson filed this request with the Morton County Sheriff of Morton County, ND.

It is a clone of this request.



From: Sarah Emerson

To Whom It May Concern:


The Morton Country Sheriff's Department has been accused of surveilling Dakota Access pipeline protestors on social media ( Protestors on the ground said they believed the agency was monitoring Facebook to discover information about the demonstrations, and interfere with them.

### REQUEST ###

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:

All emails, presentations, legal opinions, memoranda, and briefs related to, about, or concerning surveillance of Dakota Access pipeline protestors ("water protectors") on Twitter and/or Facebook. This includes records related to the monitoring of Facebook "check-ins" at protest sites. Copies of all photographs, pictures, audio, and video related to, about, or concerning said surveillance.

In order to help to determine my status to assess fees, you should know that I am a journalist writing for Motherboard, VICE's technology and science site, and that this request is being made as part of news gathering.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. They will be used in the course of my reporting for Motherboard (

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, and I ask that this be processed in the "media" fee category. 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.


Sarah Emerson

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