Charges have been filed against Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and her running mate, Ajamu Baraka.
On Tuesday, the Morton County Sheriff's Department accused Stein of spray-painting equipment Tuesday at a Dakota Access Pipeline work site, located south of Mandan.
Stein and Baraka are charged with criminal trespass and criminal mischief, both Class B misdemeanors, and warrants have been issued for their arrests.
According to an affidavit filed in Morton County District Court on Wednesday, law enforcement officers viewed a video of Stein spray-painting "I approve this message," on equipment. Officers also saw a video of Baraka painting the word “decolonization."
Stein, who is next scheduled to hold a rally in Chicago, did not respond to an email from the Bismarck Tribune seeking a response to the charges, but she did post a comment on Twitter: "I hope N.D. presses charges against the real vandals who bulldoze sacred burial sites."
(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)
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