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Court releases pipeline protestor who is then arrested for alleged assault at courthouse

A woman who was being released from custody after being arrested at the blockade on the Morice Forest Service Road found herself quickly back behind bars Monday.

Prince George RCMP say there were called to a report an assault at the Prince George Courthouse shortly before 3 p.m. November 22. The woman had been released with conditions.

Police say witnesses told them the woman became agitated and assaulted a deputy sheriff. Police arrested the woman and she remained in custody until she could attend court on November 23. She was released with a future court date.

Investigators submitted a report to Crown Counsel recommending charges. The B.C. Prosecution Service declined to approve charges at that time and requested additional information. The investigation remains ongoing.

The Prince George RCMP say there have been protests around the detachment and the court house ranging from half a dozen to 30 people over the weekend in support of protestors transported to Prince George from the New Hazelton area.

“As we continue to see in Prince George, the protests here remained peaceful,” said Cpl. Jennifer Cooper. “We support the public exercising their constitutional rights to express themselves peacefully.”

If you have any information about this or any other criminal offence, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477 or online at www.northernbccrimestoppers.ca (English only). You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information that leads to an arrest or recovery of stolen property, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

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