Warrant Issued for Jill Stein's Arrest

She's been charged with mischief in ND after spray-painting bulldozer
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2016 3:05 AM CDT
Updated Sep 8, 2016 6:03 AM CDT
Jill Stein, second from right, participates in an oil pipeline protest on Tuesday in Morton County, ND.   (LaDonna Allard via AP)
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(Newser) – An arrest warrant has been issued for a 2016 presidential candidate—and it's for neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump. Instead, Green Party candidate Jill Stein has been charged with criminal trespass and criminal mischief in Morton County, ND, after spray-painting construction equipment during a pipeline protest, the AP reports. Stein was among a group of up to 200 protesters who gathered at a Dakota Access Pipeline construction site near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation Tuesday morning, reports the Bismarck Tribune.

Stein spokeswoman Meleiza Figueroa says Stein spray-painted "I approve this message" on a bulldozer blade. Her running mate, Ajamu Baraka, has been charged for allegedly painting the word "decolonization" on construction equipment, reports the AP. It's not clear when or if Stein plans to surrender to authorities. Before she was charged, Stein issued a statement saying that authorities should "press charges against the real vandalism taking place at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation: the bulldozing of sacred burial sites and the unleashing of vicious attack dogs." (In 2012, Stein and her running mate were arrested after trying to get into a presidential debate hall.)

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