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Bloomington man preliminarily charged with vandalism of Washington Monument in D.C.

Thousands of gun control advocates join the "March for Our Lives" as they protest against gun violence during a rally June 11, 2022 near the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. A Bloomington man was charged with trespassing, tampering and vandalism Tuesday night after he was said to have vandalized the monument with red paint.
Thousands of gun control advocates join the "March for Our Lives" as they protest against gun violence during a rally June 11, 2022 near the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. A Bloomington man was charged with trespassing, tampering and vandalism Tuesday night after he was said to have vandalized the monument with red paint.

A 44-year-old man from Bloomington was preliminarily charged with trespassing, vandalism and tampering after he was caught vandalizing the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C.

The man, Shaun Deaton, may face additional charges, according to the U.S. Park Police.  

Deaton used red paint to write “Have u been fucked by this” and “Gov says tough shit." He also splashed the paint on the base of the monument.  

The clean-up process has already begun but may take weeks, according to WTHR.

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