There are no more Minnesota deputies in North Dakota helping authorities with the Standing Rock protests.
The sheriff's office for Anoka, Hennepin and Washington counties sent more than three dozen personnel, along with some vehicles, to the Cannon Ball area as part of an emergency assistance request called EMAC.
They arrived last week and, after meeting the terms of their agreement, were released to return to Minnesota, Morton County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Rob Keller told GoMN. The last of the Minnesota deputies left Monday morning, he added.
They were released because the terms of that EMAC agreement had been met, Keller said, though declined to offer more details.
Protests at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation have been going on for months, as "water protectors" push back against the construction of a pipeline that would carry crude oil past their land and water.
People were not happy with Minnesota sending resources to Standing Rock. North Dakota authorities have arrested morethan 200 people in the past 10 days, as clashes between demonstrators and officers turned violent.
Demonstrators have been hit with rubber bullets and tear gas, deployed by heavily-equipped officers. Meanwhile protesters have thrown molotov cocktails, rocks and other debris at officers – one was recently charged with attempted murder.
In Minnesota, some residents had an issue with taxpayer-funded agencies being part of the aggressive response to the weeks-long protest.
Hennepin the focus, but more agencies took part
The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office bore the brunt of the negative feedback. They were seen in this Facebook video from North Dakota that was shared more than 63,000 times, and were also the target of a big rally and march in Minneapolis Friday, demanding the deputies be withdrawn.
And a group of 25 lawmakers sent a letter to Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, saying they were concerned by things seen by witnesses and reported in the news. Those lawmakers met with Stanek Tuesday (a meeting which the office declined to comment on).
But there were two other sheriff's offices that participated:
The Anoka County Sheriff's Office sent six deputies and two vehicles, Sommer told GoMN. All returned Sunday, Oct. 30.
And the Washington County Sheriff's Office sent five deputies and two vehicles, Sheriff William Hutton told GoMN. They're all back home now as well.
The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, in a statement, said all its deputies have been released since the EMAC mission has been completed. The office declined to give specifics on numbers, though the Associated Press reported there were 30 deputies from the office deployed.
Under the EMAC agreement, which was approved in every single U.S. state, the state that requests help has to pay back the costs for everything.
Morton County had initially said six states responded to the EMAC request: Wisconsin, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wyoming, Indiana and Nebraska.