Police seek charges against woman for allegedly throwing shoe at Hillary Clinton
April 11th, 2014
04:57 PM ET
4 months ago

Police seek charges against woman for allegedly throwing shoe at Hillary Clinton

(CNN) – Las Vegas Police are pursuing disorderly conduct charges against a woman who allegedly threw a shoe at Hillary Clinton during a speech on Thursday.

Alison Ernst, 36, did not have a ticket to the event at the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino featuring the former secretary of state, and Secret Service agents assigned to protect her noticed her as she eluded hotel security, according to a U.S. law enforcement account of the incident.

As Secret Service and hotel security approached her, she threw a shoe, which missed Clinton, who had ducked.

Ernst was immediately detained.

A Las Vegas police report said she took the shoe from her purse and that after she was detained, “Ernst appeared to be in an agitated state but aware of what she had just done.”

A U.S. law enforcement official said federal prosecutors in Las Vegas declined to press charges, and Ernst was turned over to local authorities.

Las Vegas Police are recommending disorderly conduct charges be brought against her by Clark County, Nevada, prosecutors.

Ernst has been released with orders to return for a June 24 court date.

Secret Service Special Agent Brian Spellacy said the investigation is ongoing.

Las Vegas police released a booking photo of Ernst. She is pictured with brown hair but can be seen in video footage of the incident wearing what appeared to be a blonde wig.

Clinton ducked as the shoe flew past her, then joked about the incident before delivering her address to a recycling trade group.

"My goodness, I didn't know solid waste management was so controversial," she quipped.

"Thank goodness she didn't play softball like I did," she added.

Mark Carpenter, spokesman for The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, said the woman was not affiliated with his group and she "must have slipped under the rope at the last second."

"I saw papers fly when the protester stood up. I saw papers flying in the air," he said.

Carpenter said there were about a 1,000 people in attendance.

Clinton's appearance is the latest in a series of high-profile speaking engagements for the former secretary of state since leaving the Obama administration.

She is considered the overwhelming favorite for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 presidential race, if she decides to run.

CNN's Dan Merica and Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Las Vegas
soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. smith

    Well, GWB isn`t the only shoe ducker now. Good thing H. Clinton and not Obama she probalby would have been mulled to death by now.

    April 11, 2014 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. eric

    First!

    She should have took it in the face like a man.

    April 11, 2014 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    A stupid bagger.....

    April 11, 2014 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  4. Silence DoGood

    Ms. Clinton needs better security. If she eventually declares that she is running, there will be some serious right wing whack jobs coming out of the woodwork. The Tea Party makes no secret of their "2nd amendment" solutions as they say. (source Sharron Angle et.al.)

    April 11, 2014 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Yes, okay, but is it a woman?
    Are we sure?
    Goodgagamooga gawd....!

    April 11, 2014 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. Flagship, NC

    She should have been held for evaluation. It appears that no one even cares.
    Nevada should have known better.

    April 11, 2014 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Her neck is almost as big as my thigh...almost.
    Someone needs to really look into this....this she doesn't look right.

    April 11, 2014 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Would you take a disorderly conduct charge to get a million bucks from the Koch brothers? Herp derp just sayin....

    April 11, 2014 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  9. Bill, Bloominton IL

    But when a shoe was thrown at W that was ok according to liberals.

    April 11, 2014 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lordy, lordy.
    This is probably the Republican's way of trying to "even" the score.
    Now they can claim that it wasn't just Bush that had shoes thrown at him.
    Don't doubt it.

    April 11, 2014 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  11. Thomas

    "I saw papers fly when the protester stood up. I saw papers flying in the air," he said.

    CNN , what did the papers say ?

    Information and facts make for good journalism .

    April 11, 2014 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  12. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    This is a lot different from when Bush got a shoe thrown at him. A Muslim threw a shoe at Bush, which in their culture is a sign of disrespect. This person was nothing but a piece of PWT. Emulating the guy that threw the shoe at W.

    April 11, 2014 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    smith

    Well, GWB isn`t the only shoe ducker now
    -------------------------------------------------
    Nooooooo smith!
    Not from you!!
    Bwahahahahahahahaha!!!!
    Aww babe......

    April 11, 2014 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    But when a shoe was thrown at W that was ok according to liberals
    -------------------------------------------------
    No it was okay according to EVERYBODY in the free and not so free world.

    April 11, 2014 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  15. smith

    @Silence- Isn`t that what you said about Obama as well? Last time I checked Obama is alive and well.

    April 11, 2014 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  16. Canadian John

    Her reaction looked like Dr. Evil

    April 11, 2014 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  17. tom l

    Would you take a disorderly conduct charge to get a million bucks from the Koch brothers? Herp derp just sayin...."
    ====

    She will probably have to rest in Area 51 for a bit....derp!

    So ironic to hear you spout off day in day out about conspiracy theories and then just throw one out...

    April 11, 2014 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  18. tom l

    Would you take a disorderly conduct charge to get a million bucks from the Koch brothers? Herp derp just sayin....

    =====
    President Mitt Romney agrees with this message.

    April 11, 2014 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  19. Gurgyl

    She looks like a retarded, idiot, GOP sold out bum. Collecting war free money or disability cheated free money.

    April 11, 2014 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Now she's going to jail just because her shoes were a little too tight...
    She should've worn sneakers.
    They are much more comfortable and she could've outrun the popo since it looks like she's already on steroids, thereby avoiding the time that she is now sure to spend in jail.
    Such a simple solution.
    I wonder why she didn't think of it?
    ROFLMAO!

    April 11, 2014 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "mulled to death"

    Interesting way to go. would that be wine or cider?

    April 11, 2014 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  22. Bill oreilly

    She looks a lot like that other ugly wingnut, Andy Coulter. This one has a huge tea bagg shaped adams apple too. Yuck.

    April 11, 2014 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  23. rs

    Bill, Bloominton IL

    But when a shoe was thrown at W that was ok according to liberals.
    _______________________________
    Well the guy was Iraqi, and we did destroy his country- just sayin!

    April 11, 2014 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  24. Randy, San Francisco

    Hillary Clinton's secret service protection needs to be tightened. The shoe thrower, Alson Ernst, has been spending too much time listening to conservative political talk shows. She needs to return to reality.

    April 11, 2014 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  25. Silence DoGood

    @smith
    @Silence- Isn`t that what you said about Obama as well? Last time I checked Obama is alive and well.
    -------
    Yes precisely! Thank God it worked.

    April 11, 2014 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
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