Developing: US Presidential Candidate Arrested

Developing: US Presidential Candidate Arrested

Jill Stein, the Green Party presidential candidate, found herself in handcuffs during a campus protest over the weekend.

In a bid to ensure the campaign's message reached the public eye, Stein shared a video of the incident on the social media platform X.

“Jill Stein and her Campaign Manager and Deputy Campaign Manager, Jason Call and Kelly Merrill-Cayer, have been arrested at Washington University in St. Louis while supporting a protest against WashU’s ties to the war on Gaza,” she announced.

Stein, who appeals to leftist supporters critical of President Joe Biden's policies, was one of 80 individuals detained during the protest, as reported by KDSK-TV in St. Louis.

Speaking to the station, Stein revealed she was charged with assault.

Following her booking just before 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, she was released at 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, according to KDSK's report.

“I sat a long time sitting alone in a cell, and I had no idea— ‘Did anybody even know I was there?’ I was separated from the group, and I was like, ‘Am I going be there all night or in here for a week?'” she recounted.

Stein asserted that she was the victim of assault.

“I got separated from the rest of the crowd, you know, and actually initially felt like there was a lot of safety in numbers. Then, it turned out I was being charged with assault after being assaulted by an officer on a bicycle and basically thrown onto my head,” she explained.

Footage captured her amidst the clash between law enforcement and protesters.

The university stated that all those apprehended would face trespassing charges, with some facing additional charges for resisting arrest and assault related to injuries sustained by Washington University police.

The protest group at Washington University is demanding the college drop charges and suspensions against students involved in the protests, boycott Boeing, which supplies warplanes to Israel and the United States military, boycott Israeli educational institutions, return land to indigenous communities, and issue a statement condemning Israel for its actions against Hamas militants.

“We’re here to support the students who are standing up for our highest American values, for our democracy and for an end to this genocide which is unacceptable and a blight on this nation,” Stein declared before her arrest, as cited by Newsweek.

“It must be stopped. The American people want it stopped. That’s what these students are here standing up for,” she added.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the college attributed some of the protest violence to external individuals.

“It quickly became clear through the words and actions of this group that they did not have good intentions on our campus and that this demonstration had the potential to get out of control and become dangerous,” the college statement noted.

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