Police seek charges against woman for allegedly throwing shoe at Hillary Clinton
April 11th, 2014
04:57 PM ET
6 years 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. God MAY NOT be a Liberal, but He IS a Democrat

    Further proof that the RepubliCANS and the TaliBAN are cut from the same core DNA. The person who threw a shoe at Bush was hardly a proponent of democracy. The same is true of this woman and ALL THE RIGHT WING BLOGGERS that will defend/ praise her.

    April 11, 2014 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. don in albuquerque

    Bet her family is so proud.

    April 11, 2014 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. NameThis

    She's a true American hero in my opinion. Hooah!

    April 11, 2014 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  4. Who cares who she is?

    First: it was premeditated (the wig and apparently as soon as Hillary Clinton took stage)

    Second: this is another example of what the "lovers of Country and Justice" are about. No respect for a political leader who is appearing at a convention to talk; whether you are a democrat or a "normal" republican, this should be worrying you. This lack of respect for the basic act of democracy – a speech – tells a lot

    Another reason to give Hillary my vote if she runs for office

    April 11, 2014 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  5. Smitty

    Too bad she missed

    April 11, 2014 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  6. Pander Bear

    Methinks this woman is neither a RWNJ nor a LWNJ but just a complete nutjob.

    April 11, 2014 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  7. Barry

    Jilted lover perhaps?
    Btw, Clinton first asked if it was a bat. Was that a bat?
    Seriously? A bat.

    April 11, 2014 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  8. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @Bill, Bloominton IL
    But when a shoe was thrown at W that was ok according to liberals.

    Someone from another country threw the shoe at Bush. This was a U.S. citizen who attacked a former Senator, Secretary of State and First Lady. This is OK according to Right Wing Nuts!

    April 11, 2014 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  9. Joe Coffee

    Arizona in the news again. And those Arizona women! Lawd have mercy!

    April 11, 2014 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  10. allessior

    Yeah, the dragon queen Mrs Clinton, who is as cold as ice and possessed by Lucifer. She deserves arrows never mind a shoe because she DID NOT PROTECT those brave Americans in Benghazi WHEN IT WAS HER JOB TO DO SO, GOD DAMN IT! You freaks who worship this devil Clinton are worse than her or SUPPORTING HER! I hope Clinton has 1,000,000 shoes thrown at her becuse she is Satan incarnate!!

    April 11, 2014 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  11. John Illinois

    RS......well Hillary is helping Obama and his liberals destroy our country....just sayin!

    April 11, 2014 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  12. Luckjoe

    She should get an award..

    April 11, 2014 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  13. Robert

    Why is hildebeast protected by the SS? Ex first ladies too??So we will be paying for moosechellel also?

    April 11, 2014 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  14. MDL

    only liberals do stuff like this, they have violent tendencies, has Hillary lost support from the democrat base so early before the 2016 elections?

    April 11, 2014 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  15. boow

    Glad she's okay.

    April 11, 2014 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  16. Dreammaker711

    To bad it didn't hit her, and knock some sense in to her hollow head.

    April 11, 2014 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  17. fungust0ad

    This person was exercising her First Amendment right. Neither Clinton's big money nor their league of minions can prevent that. Not everyone will be pushed into another Clinton presidency despite the already massively overmanaged campaign to achieve this result.

    April 11, 2014 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    An assault on any public official is wrong. Anyone who thinks this solves anything is delusional.

    April 11, 2014 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  19. Robert Raulerson

    It'll take more than a shoe to stop The Hillary Repubs.

    April 11, 2014 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  20. rs1201

    It's too bad she missed!

    April 11, 2014 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  21. Billy Thompson

    Hillary Clinton is considered the overwhelming favorite for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 presidential race, if she decides to run? She's running and she will win only because America is full of Democrat Zombies and Republican pacifists that refuse to take a stand for what they believe in. At least the Democrats were honest at their convention and kicked God out three times before Obama intervened on His behalf. Republicans claim everything in the name of all that is good and holy but when it counts they do nothing and stand for nothing with their actions. Let's change all that and force Hillary to run against Rand Paul in 2016.

    April 11, 2014 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  22. jpherling

    Does anyone know if Ernst got her shoe back before she went to jail, or did she have to go to jail with one shoe or barefoot?

    April 11, 2014 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  23. 1Sonny2

    Her only crime is she missed

    April 11, 2014 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  24. 1Sonny2

    If the shoe fits....

    April 11, 2014 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  25. chin

    Why is secret service protecting her? What public office is shre holding?

    April 12, 2014 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
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