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.
Minnesota Governor Asking President Trump to Declare Riots a Federal Disaster In Hope of Receiving Bailout Funds
Weren’t they peaceful protestors?
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz is requesting that President Donald Trump declare the recent rounds of race riots in Minneapolis a federal emergency, so that the state may access federal bailout funds intended for communities affected by disasters.
Governor Walz and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey largely stood by idly as race rioters destroyed and damaged more than 700 buildings in the riots, which occurred after the controversial death of George Floyd during a questionable arrest at the hands of the Minneapolis police department. The property damage from the widespread riots is estimated to range in the tens of millions, and Frey is already pushing a federal bailout to repair the damages enabled by his unwillingness to prevent criminality and support of the rioters’ “message.”
Governor Walz referenced the victims of the riots in a statement requesting the bailout, callously ignoring that the victims of the riots were not only victimized by criminal riots, but simply ignored in their hour of need by state and local officials unwilling to confront left-wing criminality in the name of “justice.”
“We’re asking our federal partners to step up and help our communities recover,” demanded Governor Walz. “We need to come together to ensure Minnesotans who were victims of this destruction have access to critical infrastructure they need so they can go to the grocery store, pick up their medication, and live their lives. Together, we will rebuild.”
The Governor’s estimate of property damage from the riots is considerably greater than what the mayor estimated, claiming that combined damages from the destruction could cost as much as $500 million.
In the new world of unabated criminality and violent destruction from vicious gangs in Democrat-controlled cities, Democrat officials will always be prepared to come cup in hand to American taxpayers with hopes of funding the repairs of the rioting that they enabled, allowed, and perhaps even tacitly supported. No responsibility or integrity.
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