Protestors Who Scaled Rafters in US Bank Stadium Plead Not Guilty; Trial Set for April

Karl Zimmerman and Sen Holiday inside the Legacy Gate at U.S. Bank Stadium Photo: U.S. Bank Stadium
Karl Zimmerman and Sen Holiday inside the Legacy Gate at U.S. Bank Stadium

November 30, 2017 05:26 PM

Two Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters who in January climbed rafters at U.S. Bank Stadium and hung a banner from the roof pleaded not guilty Thursday in Hennepin County.

Thirty-three-year-old Karl Zimmerman and 27-year-old Sen Holiday each are facing charges of burglary, trespassing and being a public nuisance.

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The pair smuggled nylon rope, carabiners and a lightweight banner into U.S. Bank Stadium for the Jan. 1 Vikings game against the Chicago Bears. 

During the second quarter, the protesters scaled barriers to climb a ridge truss and hang the banner, which expressed opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline.

RELATED: Oil Pipeline Protesters Hang Banner at US Bank Stadium, 3 Arrested and Released From Jail

A trial for both Zimmerman and Holiday is set for April 3.

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