Hillary Clinton shoe thrower is from Phoenix, charged with disorderly conduct

LAS VEGAS, NV - The woman who flung a shoe at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is from Phoenix, authorities said.

Alison Ernst, 36, is accused of disorderly conduct after narrowly missing hitting Clinton during a speech at an Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries meeting at the Mandalay Bay resort.      

Ernst was released from jail Thursday night at 9 p.m., Las Vegas police said.

Police said Ernst was not credentialed for the event.

They said she got through the security barricade, rushed toward the stage and was just 60 feet away from Clinton when she reached into her purse, pulled out a shoe and threw it at the former Secretary of State.

Court documents said Ernst seemed agitated but aware of what she had done.

Clinton responded to the attack by joking about the incident. 

"My goodness, I didn't know that solid waste management was so controversial," Clinton said. "Thank goodness she didn't play softball like I did."

See video of the incident.

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