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North Dakota Law Enforcement Officers Accused of Deleting Photos from Woman’s Cell Phone

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, whose agency is accused of deleting photos from a woman's camera.

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, whose agency is accused of deleting photos from a woman’s camera.

 

North Dakota cops conducting a raid in a tiny town realized a woman had been taking photos of their operation, so one of them chased her down, snagged her camera and deleted her photos, telling her it was illegal to take pictures of cops executing search warrants, which is completely false.

The raid was conducted by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, which falls under the North Dakota Attorney General’s Office, but a spokeswoman declined to provide any details because it was an “ongoing investigation.”

According to Fargo-based Inforum: 

“He ordered me to give him the phone – what was I going to do?” said Marge Rohrbach of Ellendale, pointing out that the agents conducting what she understood to be a search warrant had bullet-proof vests and guns.

The agent confronted her after she drove away from the shop being searched and back to the Flying H bar and restaurant to pick up her lunch, Rohrbach said.

Rohrbach, who works in Forbes, left work and headed over to the scene out of curiosity when word spread through the 40-person town that there were multiple law enforcement vehicles there, and a payloader from the shop being loaded onto a trailer.

She was standing on a street corner taking photos of the payloader, then took another picture out of the driver’s side window of her car as she drove away to the restaurant.

She said the agent followed her there and told her if she took any photos of him, she would be in hot water.

She assured him she’d only took shots of the payloader.

He then said it was illegal to take pictures of an officer executing a search warrant, Rohrbach said.

“He said, ‘I need to see your phone – give it to

me,’ ” she said.

The law enforcement officer then deleted all of the scenes of the search, then returned her phone, Rohrbach said.

The spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office insinuated that a cell phone was not seized, but that could just be her playing semantics considering Rohrbach said the phone was returned to her after the photos were deleted.

 

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