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GW student makes first appearance in Andrew Jackson statue vandalism case

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GW student makes first appearance in Andrew Jackson statue vandalism case

Four are charged with trying to bring the Lafayette Square monument down



Workers clean the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square on Wednesday, a day after protesters tried to pull it down. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

By Tom Jackman
June 29, 2020 at 4:16 p.m. EDT

A 20-year-old student at George Washington University made his first appearance in federal court Monday after being charged with damaging a statue of President Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square last week. He was released on his own recognizance, and a judge declined a government request that the student wear an electronic tracking device.

Court documents show that U.S. Park Police scanned local television news footage, D.C. police body-camera footage, YouTube video, and Facebook and Twitter posts for clues to the identities of those who tried to pull down the statue on June 22. Park Police Sgt. Carl R. Holmberg wrote in an affidavit that he observed the protest and noted that “historic cannon carriages at the base of the statue were irreparably damaged, that some parts of the statue were bent and other parts of the statue sustained damage from blunt objects and chemicals.”

The National Park Service estimated the replacement and repair cost for the statue at $78,000, Holmberg said. The Park Police issued 40 different posters featuring photos of those involved in the protest, hoping to identify the alleged vandals.

Four men were charged with destruction of federal property, which President Trump has noted carries a 10-year maximum prison sentence: Lee Michael Cantrell, 47, of Virginia; Connor Matthew Judd, 20, of the District; Ryan Lane, 37, of Maryland; and Graham Lloyd, 37, of Maine.

Judd was the first to be arrested, on Friday, and authorities said the other three have not yet been apprehended. He appeared in D.C. Superior Court on Saturday and was ordered detained while the case was being transferred to federal court.

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Tom Jackman
Tom Jackman has been covering criminal justice for The Washington Post since 1998 and anchors the True Crime blog. He previously covered crime and courts for the Kansas City Star. Follow https://twitter.com/TomJackmanWP

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Tue Jun 30, 2020, 09:09 AM

1. So they actually

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Tue Jun 30, 2020, 09:43 AM

2. No wonder the horse is rearing up like that.

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