U.S. Press Freedom Tracker

Journalist Jenifer Stum charged with trespassing and rioting at Standing Rock

Incident Details

Date of Incident
January 16, 2017

Arrest/Criminal Charge

Unnecessary use of force?
REUTERS/Terray Sylvester

A man walks through the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S., Jan. 24, 2017.

— REUTERS/Terray Sylvester
January 16, 2017

Stum, an independent journalist, was arrested on Jan. 16, 2017, while filming an anti-pipeline protest on a bridge at the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota.

She was charged with criminal trespass, a Class A misdemeanor, and engaging in a riot, a class B misdemeanor. If convicted, she faces 60 days imprisonment and a $3,000 fine.

Stum is scheduled to go to trial in April 2018.

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