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Arrest Warrant Issued For Journalist Covering Pipeline Protest

Arrest Warrant Issued For Journalist Covering Pipeline Protest

An arrest warrant has been issued for Democracy Now! journalist Amy Goodman over coverage of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.

She has been charged with criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor offense after a team from Democracy Now! were in North Dakota last week to cover the Native American-led protests against the Dakota Access pipeline.

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Goodman captured private security contractors using dogs and pepper spray on the protestors in footage that went viral.

 

RT reports:

The Native American tribe and their supporters are protesting a proposed $3.8 billion Energy Transfer Partners pipeline, which would carry oil across four states, because of concerns that the 470,000 barrels of oil passing through their land each day could poison the water.

While reporting from the site of the protests last week, Goodman captured private security contractors using dogs and pepper spray on the demonstrators in a broadcast that went viral.

On Sunday, Goodman announced that she had received an arrest warrant for alleged criminal trespass during the protest. The misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of a $500 fine and 30 days’ imprisonment.

“This is an unacceptable violation of freedom of the press,” Goodman said in a statement on Sunday. “I was doing my job by covering pipeline guards unleashing dogs and pepper spray on Native American protesters.”

Goodman’s arrest warrant was reportedly discovered by attorneys looking into the arrest of Red Warrior Camp protest organizer Cody Charles Hall, who was arrested for criminal trespass on Friday.

Thirty-eight people have been arrested at the protests, Native News Online reports.

Green Party presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein also received an arrest warrant, along with her running mate, Ajamu Baraka, for scrawling graffiti on equipment during the protests.