Statements by Dakota Access Pipeline security relevant to 9/3/16 incident

Christopher Schiano filed this request with the Morton County Sheriff of Morton County, ND.


From: Christopher Thomas

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:

-Any records, written, digitally recorded, or otherwise existing in the custody of your agency which meet the following criteria:

-Statements given by any private security personnel referenced in the Sheriff's statements to the press who were allegedly assaulted by protesters and admitted to the hospital on September 3, 2016 after protesters trespassed on a Dakota Access Pipeline construction site. A statement made by your office on September 3 stated "Protesters physically assaulted private security officers hired by Dakota Access Pipeline." I am requesting any and all statements given by these private security officers as well as any reports made by your department based on statements from private security officers.

-Any record containing or demonstrating the name of the private security company or companies whose personnel your office refers to in statements made regarding protest incidents on September 3, 2016.

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.


Christopher Thomas
Investigative Journalist, Unicorn Riot - an educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit

From: mortonsarecords

From: Christopher Thomas


Please forward me information on how to formally appeal a denial of a records request made to your department. I believe this denial to be improper and I am intend to formally appeal as I believe the public has a right to access these public records.

From: mortonsarecords