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Journalist Tonita Cervantes arrested at Standing Rock

February 22, 2017

Tonita Cervantes, a freelance photojournalist, was arrested on Feb. 22, 2017, while covering events at the Dakota Access Pipeline camp. Police seized her phone, camera, lenses, external battery packs, blank flash cards, and data discs and held them as evidence.

Cervantes is charged with physical obstruction of government function, a Class A misdemeanor that could result in a year in jail. According to police records, Cervantes pleaded not guilty.

Cervantes' seized equipment was returned to her on March 1, according to the National Press Photographers Association.

Cervantes is scheduled to go to trial in June 2018.

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April 27, 2018 Update

Cervantes'’s charge of physical obstruction was dismissed on April 27, 2018.

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