WASHINGTON — Four men are charged in federal court for allegedly trying to tear down the Andrew Jackson statue in Lafayette Park last Monday.
These men are Lee Michael Cantrell, 47, of Virginia; Connor Matthew Judd, 20, of Washington, D.C.; Ryan Lane, 37, of Maryland; and Graham Lloyd, 37, of Maine, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).
They are charged with the destruction of federal property, but only Judd has been arrested.
“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. This Office remains steadfast in its commitment to protect the sacred First Amendment right of individuals to peacefully protest, but these charges should serve as a warning to those who choose to desecrate the statues and monuments that adorn our nation’s capital: your violent behavior and criminal conduct will not be tolerated,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Michael R. Sherwin.
On Saturday, President Donald Trump tweeted out wanted posters from U.S. Park Police that had pictures of those charged federally….(Read more)