HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Cheri Honkala, a veteran Philadelphia antipoverty activist and Green Party vice presidential nominee, was arrested along with her running mate as they tried to enter the debate site Tuesday afternoon.
Police said that Honkala and Jill Stein, the Green Party presidential nominee, were charged with disorderly conduct.
The Green Party said in a statement that Stein and Honkala were walking with supporters toward the Hofstra University campus when they were met by uniformed police officers. Stein and Honkala then held an impromptu news conference in which Stein called the debate a "mockery of democracy."
They sat down on a street with an American flag on their laps and were warned that they would be arrested if they did not move.