UPDATE: 3 arrested in stadium pipeline protest released

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) - The Latest on Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters who unfurled a banner inside U.S. Bank Stadium during a Minnesota Vikings game:

Photo: Chris Long, KSTP

5:15 p.m.

Three people are out of jail after being arrested after opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline suspended a large banner inside U.S. Bank Stadium during a Minnesota Vikings game.

Online records for Hennepin County Jail showed the three were released from custody Monday.

A news release says the two climbers - a man and a woman - plan to make a brief statement and answer questions outside of the downtown Minneapolis stadium on Tuesday.

A second woman also was arrested, but police have not released details of her alleged role in the incident Sunday afternoon during the Vikings' season finale against Chicago.

Formal charges are expected Tuesday.

The pipeline would carry North Dakota oil through the Dakotas and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois.

Opponents fear it could harm the environment and American Indian artifacts. The pipeline developer disputes that.
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10:30 a.m.

Police say a woman arrested following the hanging a Dakota Access pipeline protest banner from the roof of U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis during a Minnesota Vikings' game is suspected of burglary.

Police spokesman Officer Corey Schmidt said Monday that the 27-year-old woman is also accused of obstructing legal process.

Police haven't released details of her role in the incident Sunday afternoon during the Vikings' season finale against the Chicago Bears.

Two other people accused of sneaking onto a truss in the roof of the stadium and rappelling down to unfurl the banner have been arrested for trespass and burglary. Formal charges against the three are expected Tuesday.

The pipeline would carry oil from North Dakota to Illinois. Opponents fear it could harm the environment and American Indian artifacts. The pipeline developer disputes that.
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7:30 a.m.

Police have arrested a third suspect after opponents to the Dakota Access pipeline hung a banner from the roof of the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis during the Minnesota Vikings' season finale against the Chicago Bears.

The 27-year-old woman is accused of obstructing legal process. Police haven't released details of her role in the incident Sunday afternoon.

Two other people accused of sneaking onto a truss in the roof and rappelling down to unfurl the banner have been arrested for trespass. Formal charges are pending.

The game wasn't interrupted, but eight rows of fans seated below the banner were cleared as a precaution.

The Dakota Access pipeline would carry oil from North Dakota to Illinois. Opponents fear it could harm the environment and American Indian artifacts. The pipeline developer disputes that.
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4:10 p.m.

Minneapolis police have arrested two Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters who unfurled a huge banner inside U.S. Bank Stadium during a Minnesota Vikings game.

The man and woman were arrested Sunday afternoon after climbing into a catwalk just after the Vikings' season finale against the Chicago Bears ended around 3 p.m.

Police spokesman Officer Corey Schmidt says the pair was seen by medical staff but declined treatment. He says they'll be booked into the Hennepin County Jail for trespassing.

Schmidt says police will investigate for possible further charges.

Play continued on the field while the huge banner was unfurled, but rows below were cleared of fans as a precaution. No one was hurt.

The banner urged Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank to divest from the four-state, $3.8 billion pipeline. A U.S. Bank spokesman declined comment.
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2:20 p.m.

Protesters against the Dakota Access oil pipeline unfurled a banner inside U.S. Bank Stadium during the Minnesota Vikings' season finale against the Chicago Bears.

Play was not interrupted on the field during Sunday's game, but eight rows of fans below the banner were cleared as a precaution.

The banner urged Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank to divest from the four-state, $3.8 billion pipeline. Opponents contend the pipeline could affect drinking water and Native American artifacts. Texas-based developer Energy Transfer Partners says the pipeline will be safe.

In a statement, stadium operator SMG says two people climbed over a guard rail to access the ridge truss. Police are negotiating with the protesters to come down.

Vikings spokesman Lester Bagley says the team's only concern is about the "safety of our fans and guests."

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Original Story:

Minneapolis firefighters are at U.S. Bank Stadium where two protesters have hung a large banner and are hanging from the rafters.

KSTP reports that the protest began around 1 p.m. during the Vikings-Bears game. The banner suggests that U.S. Bank should end its financial support to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Fans seated underneath the protest have been moved from the area, and crews are working to remove the protesters safely from the rafters.




 
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