DOJ Charges Four Men in Vandalism Attempt on Andrew Jackson Statue, One Arrested
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.
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.
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.