Protestors attach a chain to the statue of President Andrew Jackson in the middle of Lafayette Park in front of the White House in an attempt to pull it down as someone throws a roll of toilet paper at the statue during racial inequality protests in Washington, June 22, 2020. Protesters tried tearing down a statue of the seventh president of the United States in a park near the White House on Monday, scrawling “killer scum” on its pedestal and pulling on the monument with ropes before police intervened. REUTERS/Tom Brenner
Washington Post: U.S. Marshals told to prepare to help protect monuments nationwide as Trump targets people who vandalize structures during protestsWASHINGTON – U.S. Marshals have been told they should prepare to help protect national monuments across the country, according to an email directive viewed by The Washington Post, as President Donald Trump has vowed stern punishment for those who vandalize or destroy such structures as part of police violence protests.
In an email, Marshals Assistant Director Andrew Smith wrote that the service “has been asked to immediately prepare to provide federal law enforcement support to protect national monuments (throughout the country).”
“This is a challenging assignment due to the breadth of possible targets for criminal activity,” Smith wrote. He said the Marshals Incident Management Team would start a Joint Operations Center in Springfield, Va., to coordinate, and every deputy in the Special Operations Group would be made available to help as soon as Thursday. He also asked other districts and divisions to identify people they might be able to lend to the effort until July 8.
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Update #1: US marshals asked to prepare to protect monuments nationwide: report (The Hill)
Update #2: US Marshals told to ‘immediately prepare’ to defend national monuments (NYPost)
WNU Editor: This destruction of monuments and statues of one’s history has got to stop …. Madison Protesters Condemned For Toppling Statue Of Anti-Slavery Activist (Forbes).
Update #3: Only 400 activated? …. D.C. National Guardsmen put on standby to protect monuments amid protests (Politico).