Terry Joe Wilson, age 37, was arrested for vandalizing a statue of President Abraham Lincoln, according to The Daily Wire.
Wilson was arrested after a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Both physical and electronic evidence were reportedly used to identify suspects in the vandalism incident.
“[T]he bronze statue of Lincoln in Julia Davis Park — known as ‘Seated Lincoln’ — vandalized with feces, paint and signs,” The Idaho Statesman stated.
“Parks and recreation staff were able to clean the statue, which was not permanently damaged.”
“Officers chased after Wilson and were able to stop him and take him into custody, at which time Wilson was found to be in possession of a firearm, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.”
“Wilson was taken to the hospital and was medically cleared before being booked into the Ada County Jail.”
“Wilson was charged with several misdemeanor counts, including injuring monuments, ornaments and public improvements, resisting and obstructing officers, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.”
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“Activists with the Boise chapter of Black Lives Matter drew chalk figures with chalk blood on the sidewalk while demonstrating in front of Council President Elaine Clegg’s North End home,” the report said. “… They also drew what appeared to be chalk outlines generally associated with homicide investigations on the sidewalk in front of her house. The outlines had red smears over where the hearts would be.”
“Terry Wilson II, the spokesperson for the Boise chapter, said in a phone call the demonstration at Clegg’s home was because she was one of the four council members who voted to approve Mayor Lauren McLean’s 2021 budget. The 2021 budget allocates more money for the Boise Police Department, even though the overall budget decreased from 2020. … Wilson said the chapter wanted to hold Clegg accountable for her vote, which he called ‘bad policy.’”
From The Daily Wire:
In an August 2020 report on a protest at the home of Council President Elaine Clegg, The Idaho Statesman described Wilson as the Boise Black Lives Matter chapter spokesperson.
More arrests in connection to the vandalism incident are expected to be forthcoming.