Proposed settlement ends portions of S.D. riot-boosting laws

RAPID CITY, S.D. – A settlement agreement filed Tuesday permanently ends the possibility of “riot boosting laws” being enforced in South Dakota.

The settlement agreement, filed with a joint motion to dismiss by the ACLU, the parties they represent, Governor Kristi Noem, and Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, follows a preliminary injunction granted by U.S. District Judge Lawrence Piersol last month. 

The agreement leaves in place existing South Dakota laws that prohibit both inciting to riot and actual rioting.

Part of the agreement requires Noem and Ravnsborg to pen a letter to State’s Attorney’s throughout the state that further defines the statutes.

The letter reads:

Noem released a statement following the settlement that says “if the court approves our agreement, the state can begin work to update crimes that have been on the books since South Dakota became a state.” She adds that rioting in South Dakota is still illegal and “no one has the right to incite violence.”

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