Politics

Jill Stein in hot water after allegedly spray-painting bulldozer

Jill Stein, second from right, participated in an oil pipeline protest Tuesday in North Dakota.

LaDonna Allard/Associated Press

Jill Stein, second from right, participated in an oil pipeline protest Tuesday in North Dakota.

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Authorities say they will charge Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein who is accused of spray-painting construction equipment during a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.

Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said Tuesday that Stein will face trespassing and vandalism charges.

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A spokeswoman for Stein says activists invited her to leave a message at the protest site Tuesday. Stein sprayed ‘‘I approve this message’’ in red paint on the blade of a bulldozer.

As of late Tuesday, Stein was not arrested or charged in the incident.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is trying to stop construction of a section of the pipeline that tribal leaders say would violate sacred and culturally sensitive grounds. Angry protesters faced off with construction workers at the site on Saturday.

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