Greenpeace charged in Mount Rushmore demonstration
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A federal grand jury has indicted the environmental group Greenpeace and 11 people involved in hanging a banner on Mount Rushmore.
Greenpeace has said three of its members hung the 65-by-35-foot banner calling for a stop to global warming July 8 while others blocked access to the site.
U.S. Attorney Marty Jackley says Greenpeace trained the protesters and hired a helicopter to photograph and record the protest. The organization has been charged with helping the protesters trespass, helping them climb Mount Rushmore and helping them interfere with a government employee or officer.
Jackley says the maximum penalty on each of four counts against Greenpeace is a $10,000 fine and restitution. Greenpeace did not immediately return a message left for comment.