The D.C. Police are not doing their job as they watch a statue be ripped down & burn. These people should be immediately arrested. A disgrace to our Country! @MayorBowser
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2020
Free News reported that the day before, a group of demonstrators demolished a monument to Confederate General Albert Pike in Washington near the headquarters of the police. According to journalists, the police officers who were at the office did not take any action for several minutes after the arson. Then about ten police officers arrived at the scene and extinguished the fire. The police did not engage in clashes with the protesters.
A group of demonstrators the day before also toppled from the pedestal and set fire to the monument to the first President of the United States, George Washington. Several other aggressive people joined the group of protesters. They painted the statue with graffiti and wrote on it the number “1619,” which implies the year of arrival in the United States of slaves.
Across US cities, amid protests after the death of African-American George Floyd at the hands of police, the spontaneous demolition of monuments to southerners during the Civil war began. This also affected the statues of the discoverer of America, Christopher Columbus, whom left-wing activists accuse of the genocide of the Native American population.