‘Dumbfounded’: Facing 45 years for filming pipeline protest

Documentary filmmaker Deia Schlosberg was only doing her job when she was arrested while filming an activist shutting down a tar sands pipeline in North Dakota, she told RT America’s ‘News with Ed.’ She is facing 45 years in prison on felony charges.

Schlosberg was arrested in Walhalla, North Dakota, on October 11 for filming activist Michael Foster — a member of the group known as Climate Direct Action — as he shut off a valve of a Canadian tar sands pipeline. In solidarity with protesters opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, activists shut down similar valves in Washington, Montana, and Minnesota on the same day.

However, authorities in North Dakota have charged the filmmaker with two Class A felonies and one Class C felony, including conspiracy to theft of property, conspiracy to theft of services, and conspiracy to tampering with or damaging a public service.

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