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Sun Jun 28, 2020, 02:50 PM

Four Charged In Attempted Toppling of Andrew Jackson Statue

JUN 28, 8:19 AM

Four Charged In Attempted Toppling of Andrew Jackson Statue
Hannah Schuster



On Monday, protesters scaled the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, covered it in rope and attempted to pull it down. Four people have now been charged with destruction of property.

Margaret Barthel / DCist / WAMU

Four men have been charged with destruction of federal property for allegedly trying to topple the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, the Department of Justice announced Saturday.

The men were identified as Lee Michael Cantrell, 47 of Virginia; Connor Matthew Judd, 20 of D.C.; Ryan Lane, 37, of Maryland; and Graham Lloyd, 37, of Maine. The DOJ says other “unidentified individuals” were also involved.

According to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office announcing the charges, the four men were caught on video trying to topple the statue.

Acting U.S. Attorney for D.C. Michael R. Sherwin said his office would not “stand idly by and allow our national monuments to be vandalized and destroyed.” He said while people have a First Amendment right to protest, the charges should “serve as a warning” that “violent behavior and criminal conduct will not be tolerated.”

On Monday night, a group of people scaled the Jackson statue and attempted to pull it down, before police cleared Lafayette Square using pepper spray and batons. Earlier that day, police had used pepper spray while trying to clear a collection of tents erected along H Street.

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The U.S. Park Police and the FBI’s Washington Field Office’s Violent Crime Task Force conducted the investigation of this case. The Metropolitan Police Department provided “significant assistance,” according to the statement.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced the charges on Twitter Saturday night, writing that the president was “prosecuting individuals tearing down our statues to the fullest extent of the law!”

President
@realDonaldTrump
is prosecuting individuals tearing down our statues to the fullest extent of the law!

“Four Men Charged in Federal Court for Attempting to Tear Down Statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square Amid Protests”


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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sun Jun 28, 2020, 02:57 PM

2. Well the kids will do dumb stuff.

Wait they are 47 37 37 and 20 and from the picture the crowd looks white ish. Actually what is worrying is that someone will be hurt or killed. Status don't mean a thing but life does.

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Sun Jun 28, 2020, 03:08 PM

3. Tough on crime, what? Who has been pardoned?

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Sun Jun 28, 2020, 04:02 PM

4. "prosecuting individuals tearing down our statues to the fullest extent of the law"

Jury nullification.

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