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Sun Aug 23, 2020, 01:44 PM

Mount Rushmore protest leader faces felony charges

RAPID CITY (AP) The leader of a July 3 protest before President Donald Trump's visit to Mount Rushmore is facing added charges that bring his potential prison sentence to 17 years.

Pennington County prosecutors have added a felony and misdemeanor charge to their case against Nick Tilsen, who helped lead a demonstration that blocked a road leading to Mount Rushmore, the Rapid City Journal reported. He had already been charged with two felonies and three misdemeanors.

Law enforcement officers, including the South Dakota National Guard, confronted the protesters after they used vans to form a blockade to call for the Black Hills to be returned to the Lakota people. As law enforcement officers advanced on the blockade, protesters scuffled with the officers and took one of their shields.

Tilsen is charged with assault and robbery for allegedly attacking a law enforcement officer and stealing the shield. The new charges stem from his alleged assault of a Pennington County Sheriff's Office detective.

Read more: https://brookingsregister.com/article/mount-rushmore-protest-leader-faces-felony-charges

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TexasTowelie Aug 23 OP
marble falls Aug 23 #1
mr_lebowski Aug 23 #3
BComplex Aug 23 #4
stopdiggin Aug 23 #5
mr_lebowski Aug 23 #6
uppityperson Aug 23 #2
2naSalit Aug 23 #7

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Aug 23, 2020, 01:52 PM

1. It'll get tossed.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 23, 2020, 02:10 PM

3. If it was just for the protest, I'd be inclined to agree ...

If he actually assaulted the cops and it can be proven, then he's probably going to do time.

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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #3)

Sun Aug 23, 2020, 02:20 PM

4. Yeah, if he did that, he went over the top.

Way over. That's not a peaceful protest.

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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #3)

Sun Aug 23, 2020, 02:55 PM

5. agreed. but judges have to allow for real life situations

You'd agree that protest is a bit of a tricky legal area?
Protest line -- law enforcement advances into line of protesters -- physically pushing through -- if protester pushes back, that's legally assault. But I think that kind of action is the type that should be ignored -- in fact understood as part of the protest. On the other hand -- if either side is swinging fists (or any other object), hurling things at "opponents" -- different deal entirely.

And -- freely admit that I do not know the particular circumstances here. Seems to me if you are physically removing gear from a police officer -- that rises to a level a little more involved than just a bit of pushing and shoving.

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Response to stopdiggin (Reply #5)

Sun Aug 23, 2020, 02:56 PM

6. I'm in the exact same boat as you ...

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Aug 23, 2020, 01:53 PM

2. Good grief

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Aug 23, 2020, 03:15 PM

7. There were several eyewitnesses and cameras there...

I watched it on a livestream. So get the videos queued up.

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