FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – Indiana U.S. Rep. Jim Banks is proposing laws to make the destruction of a memorial or statute honoring a U.S. president or a member of the “Founding Fathers” a federal crime.
The proposal suggests a sentence of as much as 10 years in jail, in accordance with a information launch.
The “Defending America’s Heritage and Tradition Act” would amend an present legislation from 2003 that protects veterans’ memorials.
“Attacks on our national heroes denigrate what makes us American and aim to destroy what binds us as Americans,” Banks said. “They’re serious crimes that deserve serious punishment.”
For the reason that begin of the protest motion sparked by the dying of George Floyd throughout an arrest in Minneapolis, statues of historic figures — together with a number of of previous presidents — have been broken or destroyed in a variety of American cities.
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump introduced the federal authorities’s intention “to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument… per the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation and Recognition Act.”