Trump: Anyone who vandalizes monuments faces up to 10 years in prison


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) —President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that those who vandalize monuments on Federal property are looking at a decade behind bars.

Under the "Veteran's Memorial Preservation Act," President Trump said he has authorizes authorities to "arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such Federal property in the U.S. with up to 10 years in prison."

President Trump said his action has taken effect "immediately," but "may also be used retroactively for destruction or vandalism already caused."

"There will be no exceptions," President Trump tweeted.

This comes as monuments are vandalized, and some even destroyed, across the U.S. Multiple protests,including one in Murfreesboro over the weekend,call for the removal of Confederate statues.

The statues are falling amid continuing anti-racism demonstrations following the May 25 police killing in Minneapolis of George Floyd, the African American man who died after a white police officers pressed his knee on his neck and whose death galvanized protesters around the globe to rally against police brutality and racism.

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