Emergency Management Assistance Compact for Standing Rock NoDAPL Protests (Pennington County Sheriff's Office)

Curtis Waltman filed this request with the Pennington County Sheriff's Office of Pennington County, SD.
Due March 21, 2017
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Curtis Waltman

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the South Dakota Sunshine Law, I hereby request the following records:

Documents pertaining to the deployment of Pennington County Sheriff's Office personnel in regards to the North Dakota Governor issuing a state of emergency in response to protests at Standing Rock over the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Documents sought are as follows:
-memos or requests received from the North Dakota Governor's Office, Morton County Sheriff's Department, North Dakota Emergency Management Agency, or North Dakota Highway Patrol for help under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.
-Any written direction as to what role PCSO officers would be undertaking as they engaged in controlling the protest.
-Requests from the aforementioned North Dakota agencies for specific equipment to be brought to the Standing Rock protest area for their use in controlling the protest. This equipment may include but is not limited to surveillance devices including cell site simulators or social media surveillance software, or crowd control methods such as long range acoustic devices, water cannons, rubber bullets, tear gas, pepper spray, MRAP's, or tasers. This list is not meant to be conclusive.
-any bills, contracts, agreements, invoices, or other financial documentation for services rendered in helping to control the Standing Rock NoDAPL protests. These documents would likely be sent to the 4 aforementioned North Dakota agencies.

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: http://motherboard.vice.com/author/cwaltman

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 look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Curtis Waltman

From: Whelchel Willie

Mr. Waltman,

I’m currently working on the records that you have requested from the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office. I will put together the information I can and I will get it to you. Please contact me if you have any immediate questions or concerns as we work thru the details of your request. Thanks for your patience.

Willie Whelchel
Chief Deputy
Pennington County Sheriff’s Office
Rapid City, South Dakota
Office: (605) 394-6113
Cell: (605) 490-1328

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