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Port: MN sheriffs rip Gov. Dayton for playing politics over #NoDAPL protests

Gov. Mark Dayton

During the heights of the #NoDAPL protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline here in North Dakota our law enforcement officials were faced with an extremely dangerous situation. They were confronted with thousands of political extremists who embraced, as a tactic, violence and unlawful activity to advance their agenda.

The situation was more than North Dakota law enforcement could handle, so the state put out pleas for help through a system called the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). This is a compact among the 50 states which allows one state facing some emergent situation, usually something like a natural disaster, to request and receive help from other states.

Only left wing interests played politics with those requests. While the Obama administration worked to deny North Dakota cops assistance from the federal level, left wing interests worked to deny our state assistance from the state level.

“Early on we had a number of states support our request for peace officer support,” Major General Al Dohrmann of the North Dakota National Guard told me in December. “Unfortunately, all jurisdictions that supported us were subject to protest in their own cities and capitols for providing support to North Dakota, along with intense pressure from various groups to not support North Dakots’s efforts to maintain the peace and rule of law.”

It turns out, according to the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association, a major obstacle to North Dakota receiving assistance from that state was Democratic Governor Mark Dayton. James Franklin, executive director of the association, told Dayton in a letter that the state’s sheriff’s departments are “extremely disappointed” in his decision to keep North Dakota’s request for assistance from them.

Click to read more and read the letter in full.