Four Charged For Attempt To Destroy Andrew Jackson Statue; Could Face Years In Prison
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The criminal anarchists who are destroying statues in America have just received a message from the Justice Department that their actions will have grave consequences.
On Saturday, the DOJ announced that four men have been charged for an assault on the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square last week, an effort that failed but was disturbingly close to the White House.
During the latest outbreak of mob violence in the nation's capital, the statue of the nation's seventh president was targeted and would have been toppled were it not for the intervention of police who thwarted the effort.
The vandalism of Jackson's statue as well as another attack on historic St.John's Church prompted President Trump to authorize the feds to arrest and prosecute those who destroy monuments on federal property.
Per the POTUS:
"I have authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such Federal property in the U.S. with up to 10 years in prison, per the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act, or such other laws that may be pertinent....
.....This action is taken effective immediately, but may also be used retroactively for destruction or vandalism already caused. There will be no exceptions!"
Now the first four to be charged have been announced with one under arrest, three on the run and the authorities still investigating others in the vicinity of the statue.
From the Justice Department's official statement:
WASHINGTON – Lee Michael Cantrell, 47, of Virginia; Connor Matthew Judd, 20, of Washington, D.C.; Ryan Lane, 37, of Maryland; and Graham Lloyd, 37, of Maine, were charged by criminal complaint yesterday with destruction of federal property, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Michael R. Sherwin, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Washington Field Office’s Criminal Division James A. Dawson, and Acting Chief of the United States Park Police (USPP) Gregory T. Monahan.
The complaint, unsealed today, alleges that on June 22, 2020, the four men along with other unidentified individuals, damaged and attempted to tear down the statue depicting Andrew Jackson located in Lafayette Square. The complaint further alleges that Cantrell was captured on video attempting to pry the statue off its base with a wooden board and trying to pull the statue down with the aid of a yellow strap. The complaint alleges that Judd is seen on video trying to pull down the statue, and that Lane is seen on video affixing a rope to one part of the statue and then pulling on another rope tied to the statue. The complaint also alleges that video of the incident shows Lloyd as he breaks off and destroys the wheels of cannons located at the base of the statue. Lloyd is also captured on video pulling on ropes in an effort to topple the statue, and handing a hammer to an unidentified individual involved in the incident.
Judd was arrested on Friday and appeared in Superior Court of the District of Columbia today. The matter will be transferred to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday, June 29, 2020, where Judd will make his initial appearance before United States Magistrate Judge Robin M. Meriweather. The remaining defendants have not yet been apprehended.
On Friday, President Trump tweeted a copy of the wanted poster for the criminals which shows that he means business.
There would be no better deterrent to the mobs that are running amok in multiple U.S. cities than a series of high-profile arrests, televised perp walks and swift justice that will put the bad guys on notice that their anti-American actions will not be tolerated.