American authorities have detained more than 100 people for involvement in the riots and damage to federal property. This was reported by White House spokesman Kayleigh McEnany on Monday, June 29.
“The DOJ also charged four people in federal court for trying to throw off a pedestal the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square,” said the White House spokeswoman on Twitter. The FBI is investigating about 200 domestic terrorism cases, McEnanyadded.
According to her, Prosecutor General William Barr has created a working group to combat anti-state extremism.
June 23, U.S. President Donald Trump promised to protect national monuments from protesters and rioters. The Republican authorized the authorities to arrest anyone who attempted to vandalize monuments and statues and to sentence them to up to 10 years in prison.
On 28 June, he stated that measures taken by the authorities had led to an end to acts of vandalism throughout the country.
Mass riots, protests and vandalism have been taking place in the United States since late May. The cause was the death of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis while being brutally detained by police.