A woman uses her smartphone in the Oceti Sakowin camp

Journalist Tracie Williams arrested at Standing Rock

February 23, 2017

Tracie Williams, an independent photojournalist, was arrested 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.

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

According to the National Press Photographers Association, Williams’ seized equipment was returned to her on March 1.

Williams is scheduled to go to trial in June 2018.

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