Four individuals attempted to knock down a statue of President Andrew Jackson near the White House. They were all charged on Friday with the destruction of federal property.
The suspects are 20-year-old Connor Matthew Judd, of Washinton D.C., 37-year-old Graham Lloyd, of Maine, 37-year-old Ryan Lane, of Maryland, and 47-year-old Virginia resident Lee Michael Cantrell.
The U.S. Attorney's Office announced the charges against the four suspects Saturday and said all four men were caught on video both damaging and yanking down the Jackson statue with other unidentified people on June 22.
Acting U.S. Attorney Michael R. Sherwin said in a statement “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,”.
According to WAMU
Four men have been charged with destruction of federal property for allegedly trying to topple the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, the Department of Justice announced Saturday.
The men were identified as Lee Michael Cantrell, 47 of Virginia; Connor Matthew Judd, 20 of D.C.; Ryan Lane, 37, of Maryland; and Graham Lloyd, 37, of Maine. The DOJ says other “unidentified individuals” were also involved.
According to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office announcing the charges, the four men were caught on video trying to topple the statue.
Acting U.S. Attorney for D.C. Michael R. Sherwin said his office would not “stand idly by and allow our national monuments to be vandalized and destroyed.” He said while people have a First Amendment right to protest, the charges should “serve as a warning” that “violent behavior and criminal conduct will not be tolerated.”
On Monday night, a group of people scaled the Jackson statue and attempted to pull it down, before police cleared Lafayette Square using pepper spray and batons. Earlier that day, police had used pepper spray while trying to clear a collection of tents erected along H Street.