Cops Block Vandals From Taking Down Andrew Jackson Statue Near White House

Police on Monday dispersed a crowd of rioters who attempted tear down a sculpture of previous U.S. President Andrew Jackson near the White House.

The rioters climbed onto the statuary and linked ropes as well as cords around it before trying to pull the statue far from its base, videos posted to social media revealed.

Mischief-makers additionally snuffed the marble stand with yellow paint.

Law enforcement officer relocated with pepper spray to help move vandals far from the statuary and spread the group out of Lafayette Square, WUSA-TV in Washington reported.

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A rioter covers chains around the neck of the statue of U.S. President Andrew Jackson throughout an effort by vandals to pull the statue down in the middle of Lafayette Park before the White House during protests in Washington, on June 22, 2020.(Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

The event took place around 8 p.m. Most of the crowd remained in the Black Lives Matter Plaza after being pushed out of Lafayette Square, according to WUS9. The sculpture was erected in 1852 on a white marble base as well as illustrates Jackson, the 7th President of the United States, on a rearing equine. It continues to be installed on its stand.

On the same night, a group of demonstrators apparently created a “Black House Autonomous Zone,” or “BHAZ” near the White House, in what seems an imitation of the self-proclaimed “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone,” or CHAZ in Seattle– which has actually because been relabelled to “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest,” or CHOP.

A video uploaded by The Daily Caller shows St. John’s Episocal Church ruined with spray paint with the acronym “BHAZ.”

Late Monday night, President Donald Trump revealed on Twitter that “various people” have been jailed “for the disgraceful vandalism, in Lafayette Park, of the stunning Statue of Andrew Jackson, along with the outside defacing of St. John’s Church across the street.”

Trump likewise warned that those who act in violation of the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act can deal with 10 years behind bars.

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