A Special Department of Homeland Security DHS task force will be deployed to protect monuments across America from BLM vandalism over Independence Day weekend.
In a Wednesday press release, acting DHS secretary Chad Wolf announced the formation of the Protecting American Communities Task Force (PACT), as well as its first mission to protect federal monuments and property this weekend.
“As we approach the July 4th holiday, I have directed the deployment and pre-positioning of Rapid Deployment Teams (RDT) across the country to respond to potential threats to facilities and property,” said Wolf. “While the Department respects every American’s right to protest peacefully, violence and civil unrest will not be tolerated.”
The PACT unit comes amid a wave of statue toppling efforts across the country. Recent demonstrations saw attempts to topple a statue of President Andrew Jackson standing outside the White House in Washington D.C.
Following the unrest in front of the White House, Trump announced he had authorized federal agencies to begin strictly enforcing laws pertaining to the protection of monuments and federal property. Some of those laws carry a 10-year prison term for those convicted in attempts to vandalize veterans memorials and government property.
“DHS is answering the President’s call to use our law enforcement personnel across the country to protect our historic landmarks,”
“We won’t stand idly by while violent anarchists and rioters seek not only to vandalize and destroy the symbols of our nation but to disrupt law and order and sow chaos in our communities.”