The Department of Justice announced Saturday that charges of destruction of federal property have been filed against four men who attempted to destroy a historic statue of President Andrew Jackson in Washington DC’s Lafayette Park earlier in the week.
The DOJ press release on the charging named four criminal suspects in the vandalism describes their attempt to destroy the statue. Lee Michael Cantrell, 47, Connor Matthew Judd, 30, Ryan Lane, 37, and Graham Lloyd, 37, are all being charged with destruction of federal property.
BREAKING: Four men arrested, charged with attempting to destroy Andrew Jackson statue in vandalism operation. pic.twitter.com/gURvkhhXyI
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) June 28, 2020
The press release goes on to announce that Judd was arrested on Friday, and that he made his first appearance before a Washington DC federal judge on Saturday.
Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin described the statue destruction vandals, who have run rampant in a nationwide spree of monument destruction, in no uncertain terms. “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.”
A statement from FBI agent James Dawson of the Washington D.C. field office in the press release suggested some confusion-describing rioters seen committing flagrant property crimes on camera as if they were peaceful protestors. “The FBI respects the peaceful exercise of First Amendment rights, but we will not allow opportunists to hijack peaceful protests to incite violence and destruction of property.”
President Trump had circulated wanted posters for the men the authorities were seeking in the statue destruction riot on his Twitter. Fortunately, it appears the federal government is finally taking more than empty gestures to forcefully punish those caught on camera desecrating the national heritage of the United States.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2020
Now that the punks of ANTIFA have had their fun attacking the statues of American patriots, it’s time for them to face the music in federal court.
WATCH: Portland ANTIFA Deploys Incendiary Device Directly Against Portland Police in Nightly Riot
This is terrorism.
An ANTIFA militant threw an incendiary device directly at officers of the Portland Police Bureau during a Breonna Taylor riot in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday night.
The device, which may have been a molotov cocktail, caused a considerable fire right next to a formation of marching officers.
BREAKING: Portland ANTIFA has just deployed an incendiary device against the police. pic.twitter.com/rNReUQgmf3
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) September 24, 2020
The considerably large fire set by the device is quickly extinguished by an officer carrying a fire extinguisher.
This could’ve easily killed someone. Portland ANTIFA elevated its level of agitation and violence on Wednesday night, largely aware that they can act with impunity without fear of consequences from Portland’s neutered police department, complicit prosecutor, and clueless mayor.
Another view of the attack shows just how dangerous the de facto grenade was to the public and to law enforcement. This was an act of terrorism and attempted murder.
Another angle. That person was clearly aiming the Molotov cocktail at police officers. Attempted murder. pic.twitter.com/SE0mWsZ2Aa
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) September 24, 2020
The individual who threw the incendiary device was wearing a mask, and runs off on the video footage of the attack. It’s unclear if the Portland Police Bureau arrested them for the criminal act, but he or she could be charged with a range of felony offenses as severe as attempted murder.
The demonstration was declared and riot and dispersed shortly after the attack. It’s likely Portland ANTIFA will continue street havoc in full force this weekend, with the Breonna Taylor grand jury decision(all the way across the country in Kentucky) potentially inspiring the most dangerous street riots in Portland since the organized criminal behavior began more than three months ago.
An Oregon man used a molotov cocktail device in an attempt to start a wildfire in the already devastated state earlier this week. Firefighters have been combating some of the most destructive fires in recent history in Oregon and California, and one man charged with starting them is a longtime left-wing activist with a criminal record of riot violations.
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