Protester arrested at X Games

Jennifer Davoren
Aspen Times Staff Writer

A peace protester from Carbondale was arrested Sunday after climbing a structure at the X Games and hanging a sign.

James Carl Riggio, 33, climbed nearly 30 feet of scaffolding to hang a sign over the X Games Jumbotron screen reading, “The death toll must stop! Impeach Bush!”

He was arrested and charged with second-degree tampering, a misdemeanor, said Pitkin County Sheriff’s Investigator Ron Ryan.

Riggio was taken to Pitkin County Jail, where he was processed and released with a summons.

Members of the Roaring Fork Peace Coalition, who welcomed peace protesters to Aspen on Saturday for a rally in Paepcke Park, noted that Riggio was not a part of the weekend’s activities.

“This wasn’t a part of our event, and he is in no way sanctioned by our group,” said coalition member Tricia McKenzie.


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