'Democracy Now' reporter to plead not guilty to riot charge

Excavators are in place as work resumed Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, on the four-state Dakota Access pipeline near St. Anthony, N.D. A federal appeals court ruling on Sunday cleared the way for work to resume on private land in North Dakota that's near a camp where thousands of protesters supporting tribal rights have gathered for months. (AP Photo/ Blake Nicholson)

MANDAN, N.D. - "Democracy Now" reporter Amy Goodman plans to plead not guilty to a riot charge stemming from her coverage of a protest against the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota.

Prosecutor Ladd Erickson dismissed a criminal trespass charge against Goodman on Friday. Defence attorney Tom Dickson said Monday that Erickson told him prosecutors plan to charge her with engaging in riot. The charge hasn't been filed.

Dickson says Goodman will plead not guilty and post bond in court Monday afternoon.

Goodman reported on a clash between protesters and pipeline security at a construction site Sept. 3. Dickson maintains Goodman was doing her job. Erickson has said Goodman went beyond reporting by yelling at security guards.

Opponents worry the pipeline will contaminate water supply and destroy cultural artifacts.


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