The four men were federally accused earlier this week of trying to falsify and destroy an Andrew Jackson statue near the White House.
Suspects – Lee Michael Cantrell, 47; Connor Matthew Judd, 20; Ryan Lane, 37; Michael Sherwin said late Saturday that 37-year-old Graham Lloyd was accused of the destruction of federal property, the capital’s US Attorney.
The announcement came a day after President Trump signed an executive order to crush protesters who falsified or toppled controversial sculptures during civil unrest throughout the country over the killing of George Floyd by the police.
Trump promised that prosecutors will impose a 10-year prison sentence under the Veterans Memorial Protection Act against anyone who targets monuments.
On Saturday, Sherwin said the federal government hopes to give an example of alleged vandals.
“[T]these accusations should serve as a warning for those who choose to sanctify the sculptures and monuments that adorn the capital of our country: your violent behavior and criminal behavior will not be tolerated. ”
Demonstrators in various cities have destroyed or dropped male statues that have ties to slavery or other forms of brutality.
Protesters in Washington, DC, targeted the Lafayette Square monument to the seventh president by force, who forcibly killed the violent, sometimes fatally displaced persons from the homes of their millions of acres in the Native American Removal Act Georgia, Tennessee. Alabama, North Carolina, and Florida.
Prosecutors claim that four suspects from D.C., Maine, Maryland, and Virginia were among more than a dozen people who tried to lower the statue with ropes and other objects on Monday evening.
Cantrell is allegedly caught in the video trying to lift the statue from the base with a wooden board and trying to pull the statue down with a yellow strap.
Lane, Judd and Lloyd are also claimed to pull a string attached to the statue to demolish the statue.
Judd was arrested on Friday and appeared at Columbia District Supreme Court on Saturday, but three other suspects are still large, according to Sherwin’s office.
Trump tweeted more than a dozen flyers from the US Park Police on Saturday evening, and images of suspects believed to be targeting the monument on Monday.
A multi-agency investigation is continuing against the attacks between the US Park Police, the FBI Washington Field Office’s Violent Crimes Task Force and the Washington Metropolitan Police Department.
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