Warrant Filed For Jill Stein's Arrest In Morton County

During this year's presidential campaign, most of the airtime has been focused on Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton, but Green Party representative Jill Stein has found an unusual way to get some publicity: vandalizing construction equipment for an energy pipeline.

On Tuesday, the Bismarck Tribune posted video to Twitter of Stein spray painting the words "I approve this message" on a bulldozer.

Stein and her running mate Ajamu Baraka received misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass and criminal mischief, which can result in brief jail time, but typically result in fines.

The tribe contends that the pipeline, which would snake through North Dakota and three other states, would endanger its drinking water, and destroy historic and sacred sites.

In a campaign statement released Wednesday night, Stein showed no inclination should would duck from the charges, but said the real crimes taking place in North Dakota should not be ignored.

Native American protestors and their supporters are confronted by security during a demonstration against work being done for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) oil pipeline, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, September 3, 2016. She was protesting outside a debate to which she was not invited.

The Green Party's presidential and vice presidential candidates were charged for pulling a stunt usually committed by juvenile delinquents - they spray painted graffiti on a bulldozer.

The same day the arrest warrants were issued for the Green Party candidates, a federal judge granted part of the tribe's emergency request to halt construction of a section of the oil pipeline. Unlike last week's protest, officers did not attempt to cut free the man and woman bound to the construction equipment.

What followed the blatant desecration of sacred sites was a clash between largely Native American protesters and construction workers.

Both of the charges filed against Stein in North Dakota were misdemeanors. Authorities issued arrest warrants. The DAPL is a $3.8 billion project, meant to transport crude oil from Montana and North Dakota's Bakken Formation to oil refineries in the Gulf Coast.

"Yes I would, most definitely", said Derrick Young. Stein, 66, defended her decision Wednesday while walking through the city's violence-torn South Austin community.

Protest organizers have said that private security guards provoked protesters who otherwise were conducting peaceful rallies.

  • Larry Hoffman