Journalist Covering Pipeline Protest Wanted By Police For Filming Security Dogs Attacking Native Americans

Coburn Palmer

Journalist Amy Goodman from Democracy Now! filmed a group of security guards attacking Native Americans protesting the construction of an oil pipeline in North Dakota, and now a warrant has been issued for her arrest.

"This is an unacceptable violation of freedom of the press. I was doing my job by covering pipeline guards unleashing dogs and pepper spray on Native American protesters."

The ensuing chaos resulted with injuries on both sides and reports by protestors they were attacked by dogs, which Goodman documented in her video.

Stein and Baraka were filmed spray-painting pipeline construction equipment and have been charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass and criminal mischief, according to a statement Stein released to The Hill. She plans to return to North Dakota to answer the charges.

"I hope the North Dakota authorities press charges against the real vandalism taking place at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation: the bulldozing of sacred burial sites and the unleashing of vicious attack dogs."

Stein didn't dispute the account, but denied she committed any criminal activity and instead referred to her actions at the pipeline protest as civil disobedience, according to her campaign website.

"This would be another deadly blow to a climate teetering on the brink. It cannot be allowed to go forward."

They argue the $3.7 billion pipeline, slated to run 1,100 miles through four states and across four large rivers, endangers their drinking water supply and the safety of millions of Americans living downstream. They're also protesting the placement of the pipeline, which will cross land they consider to be sacred.

The Army, along with the Departments of Justice and Interior, jumped into the fray almost immediately after the judge's decision with an announcement they will order a halt to construction on federal land around Lake Oahe.

They also asked Dakota Access, the company building the pipeline, to voluntarily halt construction within 20 miles of the area in a statement released to Think Progress.

"This case has highlighted the need for a serious discussion on whether there should be nationwide reform with respect to considering tribes' views on these types of infrastructure projects."

Construction elsewhere on the pipeline, which is about 48 percent complete, will continue. It's slated move 570,000 barrels of oil everyday in a clear comparison to the Keystone XL pipeline, which Obama vetoed.

North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple ordered National Guard troops to the Sacred Stone Camp Thursday.

Should journalists covering protests be charged with trespassing when they follow activists onto private property in order to cover the news?

(AP Photo/James MacPherson)

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