Pennington County Sheriff Dismissed As Defendant In "Riot Boosting" Lawsuit

Sep 18, 2019

ACLU attorney Stephen Pevar, standing on the steps of the federal courthouse in Rapid City in June 2019.
Credit Victoria Wicks

One of the defendants in a lawsuit against South Dakota's newly-enacted "riot boosting" law has been dismissed. That order came out on Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom was listed as a defendant along with Governor Kristi Noem and Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg.

ACLU filed suit on behalf of indigenous and environmental activists who say the law squelches their right to free speech.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.