According to a report from the Bismark Tribune, a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Green Party candidate Jill Stein, after she was filmed spray painting on equipment at the Dakota Access Pipeline work site.
Stein will faces charges for her actions, Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said in a press conference.
Stein joined a group of 150 to 200 people who protested at the site in North Dakota’s Morton County. Two protesters attached themselves to bulldozers and some construction equipment was vandalized, with Stein being one of the vandals.
Kirchmeier said the sheriff’s department is “working up the information through the state’s attorney’s office to pursue charges [against Stein].” Possible charges could include trespassing and another for vandalism.
“The incident is actually still ongoing as we speak,” Kirchmeier said on Tuesday. “Since we did not respond immediately to that location because of the situation … we have information that they can just release themselves and it’s no big deal.”
From the Tribune:
About 25 law enforcement officers responded to the protest site, where no Dakota Access Pipeline workers were working. Kirchmeier said officers saw some protesters on horses, masks and some carrying hatchets and wearing goggles.
Law enforcement officers were “pulled back from the area because it was determined that, at that point, it was unsafe for them to go into the situation,” Kirchmeier said.
“At this point … I don’t believe that we need to go in there and have physical altercations with the protesters,” he added.
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Stein hasn’t commented on the development as of yet.