On Tuesday, Green Party candidate Jill Stein participated in a protest in North Dakota at the Dakota Access Pipeline construction project. Apparently, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is trying to stop construction on what they say is sacred land.
Stein vandalized a bulldozer on the construction site by writing, “I approve this message” in red spray paint on the blade.
Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier told the Bismarck Tribune that his office is “working up the information through the state’s attorney’s office to pursue charges” against Stein. She will face charges of trespassing and vandalism. It has not been announced whether the charges will be a felony or a misdemeanor.
Three security guards were injured on Saturday when 300 protesters stormed the area. On Tuesday, when Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein was participating in the protest, things got even more out of control leading police to determine the environment was not safe.
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 said.
In a Facebook post, Stein seemingly made the statement that her criminality is okay while at the same time accusing the Dakota Access Pipeline of criminality that isn’t. She shared the video below with this statement.
The state of North Dakota may charge me with vandalism for painting a bulldozer. Will they charge the oil company that bulldozed the sacred burial grounds of the Standing Rock Sioux?
Just what we need, another presidential candidate absolving herself from breaking the law.