Trump orders law enforcement to arrest memorial vandals under federal law with up to 10 years in prison

President Trump said he authorized federal law enforcement to arrest those caught in vandalism and charge them under the Veterans Recognition and Preservation Act.

“I have authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who destroys or destroys any federal monument, statue or other property in the United States with up to 10 years in prison, under the Veterans Monument Preservation Act or other applicable laws. , “the president tweeted Tuesday morning.

“This action is effective immediately, but can also be used retroactively for destruction or vandalism already caused. There will be no exceptions!” added.

Various vandals have destroyed or destroyed various historical monuments and war memorials in recent weeks. On Monday night, protesters attacked a statue of Andrew Jackson located in Lafayette Park in front of the White House. Trump hinted that he would use the Veterans Memorial Recognition and Preservation Act when protesters attempted to tear down the statue and destroy San Juan Episcopal church for the second time

“Numerous people arrested in DC for shameful vandalism, in Lafayette Park, of the magnificent Andrew Jackson Statue, in addition to the exterior disfigurement of the Church of St. John across the street. 10 years in prison under the Preservation Act Veteran’s Memorial. Watch out! “He wrote.

the Veterans Recognition and Preservation Act it is a federal law that was passed in 2003. The legislation states that any person caught trying to “hurt or destroy” a “structure, plaque, statue, or other monument” that commemorates “the service of any person or persons in the United States armed forces United “who is on public property can face fines or a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

Protests against police brutality and racial injustice have taken place across the United States since the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes during an arrest. . Some of the protests have turned into riots that have caused arson, looting and vandalism.