Why did Washington DC police intervene at one federal statue’s destruction but not another?

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After two unruly nights marked with protesters trying to topple statues DC's police chief can't say whether it'll happen again but he can't explain why officers chose not to intervene during one incident but to intervene during another U. S. park police say a group of three hundred protesters took down sections of chain link link fencing fencing surrounding surrounding the the Andrew Andrew Jackson Jackson statue statue in in Lafayette Lafayette square square and and quote quote attacked attacked it it with with hammers hammers chisels chisels and and acid acid while while attempting attempting to to bring bring it it down down with with chains chains we we can can disagree disagree with what a statute or a piece of property represents but we have to take lawful measures to have those things removed DC police chief Peter Newsham tell WTOP his officers responded to U. S. park police calls for assistance on federal land and were able to stop the destruction of the Jackson statue but explained why his officers did not step in Friday night in judiciary square that's when a group pulled down and burned a statue of Confederate general and Mason Albert pike the tactical decision was made that the crowd had become so aggressive that it would have been dangerous to send police officers into the crowd Meghan clarity WTOP news

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