ABSTRACT

Monuments and Memorials: Federal Criminal Law Protections [July 8, 2020]   [open pdf - 420KB]

From the Document: "On June 26, 2020, President Trump issued an 'Executive Order on Protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues and Combating Recent Criminal Violence' (June 26 Order). Among other things, the June 26 Order directed the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to prioritize prosecutions under existing federal statutes protecting monuments, memorials, and statues. On July 3, 2020, President Trump issued an 'Executive Order on Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes' (July 3 Order). The July 3 Order decried vandalizing or destroying national monuments and created an Interagency Task Force for Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes (Task Force). The July 3 Order also assigned the Task Force to 'establish a statuary park named the National Garden of American Heroes (National Garden).' This In Focus analyzes two federal criminal statutes that may protect monuments and memorials from removal or intentional damage, potentially including future monuments in the National Garden."

Report Number:
CRS In Focus, IF11596
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Date:
2020-07-08
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Public Domain
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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pdf
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