SD "Riot Boosting" Lawsuit Settled

Oct 24, 2019

Stephen Pevar outside the federal courthouse in Rapid City in June, when Judge Lawrence Piersol heard arguments about the "riot boosting" laws.
Credit Victoria Wicks

The state has settled a lawsuit against its riot-boosting laws passed at the end of the 2019 legislative session. Those statutes are designed to hold activists and organizations civilly and criminally liable if protests turn violent.

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline was the catalyst for the legislative action.

Last month a federal judge placed a temporary injunction against unconstitutional portions of the laws. If the judge accepts the settlement, the injunction becomes permanent.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem
Credit Western Governors Association