Mount Rushmore protest leader faces felony charges

August 21, 2020

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The leader of a July 3 protest before President Donald Trump’s visit to Mount Rushmore is facing added charges that bring his potential prison sentence to 17 years.

Pennington County prosecutors have added a felony and misdemeanor charge to their case against Nick Tilsen, who helped lead a demonstration that blocked a road leading to Mount Rushmore.

He had already been charged with two felonies and three misdemeanors.

Tilsen is charged with assault and robbery for allegedly attacking a law enforcement officer and stealing a shield.

The new charges stem from his alleged assault of a Pennington County Sheriff’s Office detective.