President Donald Trump called on police in the nations capital to protect statues as vandals toppled a memorial to Albert Pike, a former Confederate soldier.
Using multiple sets of ropes, vandals pulled down the 11-foot statue of Pike in Washington late Friday just before midnight.
They then set the statue on fire, chanting “No justice, no peace!” and “No racist police!”
“The D.C. Police are not doing their job as they watch a statue be ripped down & burn,” Trump, a Republican, wrote in a statement on Twitter.
“These people should be immediately arrested. A disgrace to our Country!” he added.
Alaina Gertz, a Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman, told The Epoch Times that Pikes statue “sits in a federal park and therefore is within the jurisdiction of National Park Service and the United States Park Police.”
“No arrests were made,” she added in the brief emailed statement.
The office of Mayor Muriel Bowser, a Democrat, didnt respond to a for comment. The Park Police didnt return a phone call.
In video footage showing the statue being toppled, officers are not near the statue.
One video captured later showed police dousing the flames.
One Black Lives Matter activist told a local reporter and the message sent by removing the statue was “the uprising is still here.”
“Like, slavery was not ended by just, like, calm conversations. Like you had slave revolts, you had people organizing, you had uprisings,” the woman said.
“There are folks that wont even recognize that slavery even happened. We have a long way to go, and the fact is that you need to trust the social movements, you need to trust the people who are trying to push us forward instead of telling everybody what you cant do,” she added later. “And so right now were saying that we need to defund the police, we need to abolish the police and prisons. Because those are a part of the white supremacist system.”
Pikes statue, the only outdoor sculpture in the District of Columbia showing a Confederate officer, was located at 3rd Avenue and D Street. It was near a police department building.
Pike, born in Massachusetts, settled in Arkansas and became known for representing Native Americans in disputes with the federal government.