(ConservativePeak.com)- Four people were charged on Friday for allegedly attempting to topple the famous statue of Andrew Jackson near the White House in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Attorneys Office for the District of Columbia confirmed on Saturday that the four people are accused of destroying federal property.
The four suspects are Lee Michael Cantrell, a 47-year-old from Virginia, Ryan Lane, a 37-year-old from Maryland, Connor Matthew Judd, a 20-year-old from D.C., and Graham Lloyd, a 37-year-old from Maine. The four are believed to have damaged the statue while they attempted to tear it down by pulling on the monument.
“The complaint further alleges that Cantrell was captured on video attempting to pry the statue off its base with a wooden board and trying to pull the statue down with the aid of a yellow strap,” the statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office claimed.
Judd is allegedly seen on video attempting to pull down the statue, and Lane can allegedly be seen attaching a rope to the statue and then pulling on it. The complaint also says that the video shows Lloyd breaking off the wheels of cannons on the base of the monument.
“Lloyd is also captured on video pulling on ropes in an effort to topple the statue, and handing a hammer to an unidentified individual involved in the incident,” the statement adds. “Judd was arrested on Friday and appeared in Superior Court of the District of Columbia today…The remaining defendants have not yet been apprehended.”
The news comes after President Donald Trump signed an executive order that consolidated existing laws to ensure people who are convicted of toppling or destroying monuments face a 10-year prison sentence.
“I just had the privilege of signing a very strong Executive Order protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues,” President Trump said. “Long prison terms for these lawless acts against our Great Country!”
Recently, the Department of Justice also announced that Attorney General William Barr was in the process of putting together a task force that targets “anti-government extremists.” It will be headed by the U.S. Attorneys for Northern Texas and New Jersey.