On October 11, Lindsey Grayzel and cameraman Carl Davis were arrested while filming activists as they attempted to shut down oil pipelines between Canada and the United States. They were acting as journalists, not as protesters, and as such are protected by free speech rights.
They face felony charges of second-degree burglary, criminal sabotage, and assemblage of saboteurs for filming activist Ken Ward as he attempted to shut down the Trans Mountain Pipeline in Washington.
If convicted, Grayzel and Davis face a maximum of 30 years in prison and fines of $46,000.
Grayzel’s attorney claims, “She’s doing a documentary. She’s not an activist who is part of some concerted action or the film arm of Greenpeace. Her life’s work is to make documentary films.” Davis’ lawyer adds that, “This is a terrifying affront to the First Amendment. He was a journalist hired to do a job — no more, no less.”