Rioters from Antifa and Black Lives Matter tried to tear down an Andrew Jackson statue near the White House. (screenshot) The Department of Justice charged four men with destruction of federal property after they tried to tear down a statue of former President Andrew Jackson near the White House last week.
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The felony charge carries a maximum jail sentence of 10 years. The four accused felons are: Lee Michael Cantrell of Virginia
Connor Matthew Judd of Washington, D.C.
Ryan Lane of Maryland
Graham Lloyd of Maine.
It is believed that all four suspects are white. Mugshots have not been released.
In a statement , the Department of Justice said: “The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia will not stand idly by and allow our national monuments to be vandalized and destroyed.”It then explained how it arrived at the charges: “An 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. 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. Judd is seen on video trying to pull down the statue. And 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 four men were charged pursuant to a June 26 executive order President Trump signed aimed at protecting federal monuments by prosecuting thugs from Antifa and Black Lives Matter who destroy them.While destroying federal property is already illegal, Trump signed the executive order to underscore that further lawlessness […]