Activists charged after banner hung at Chicago's Trump Tower

A giant banner from Greenpeace is pulled out of the Chicago River after hanging on the side of Trump Tower in Chicago on Friday, July 7, 2017. Greenpeace activists unfurled the banner to protest the Trump administration's stance on global warming. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune via AP)
A giant banner from Greenpeace hangs on the side of Trump Tower in Chicago on Friday, July 7, 2017. Greenpeace activists unfurled the banner to protest the Trump administration's stance on global warming. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune via AP)
A giant banner from Greenpeace hangs on the side of Trump Tower in Chicago on Friday, July 7, 2017. Greenpeace activists unfurled the banner to protest the Trump administration's stance on global warming. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune via AP)
A giant banner from Greenpeace hangs on the side of Trump Tower in Chicago on Friday, July 7, 2017. Greenpeace activists unfurled the banner to protest the Trump administration's stance on global warming. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune via AP)
A giant banner from Greenpeace hangs on the side of Trump Tower in Chicago on Friday, July 7, 2017. Greenpeace activists unfurled the banner to protest the Trump administration's stance on global warming. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune via AP)

CHICAGO — Prosecutors have brought felony charges against four of six Greenpeace activists accused of unfurling a banner from Trump Tower in Chicago to protest the president's stance on global warming.

The four face felony criminal damage to property and misdemeanor reckless conduct charges. Prosecutors said Sunday that Friday's act of protest caused thousands of dollars in damage to the skyscraper.

Greenpeace USA issued a statement calling the charges "grossly inflated" and saying they are an attempt "to chill lawful protest."

The 100-by-30-foot (30-by-9 meter) banner had the environmental group's name and the words "resist" and "defend" on it. "Defend" covered a picture of the earth.

A Cook County judge released the four with electronic monitoring. They also are prohibited from visiting Trump Tower.

Two others face misdemeanor reckless conduct charges. Greenpeace says they were released Sunday evening.

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