Employees of the veterans’ organization AMVETS say their vehicles are being targeted by vandals using hundreds of nails and screws after they took part in the inauguration parade Friday.
Vandals left hundreds of nails and screws in a parking lot in Prince George’s County, Maryland, where employees’ cars and the group’s truck were stationed, resulting in damage to 10 cars and the truck, NBC Washington reports.
While AMVETS confirmed that harassing emails and social media messages started pouring in after the inauguration committee provided a full list of participants in the parade, they did not expect the messages to escalate into outright vandalism.
The truck that was damaged is often used to help veterans find jobs.
AMVETS was not the only group to take part in the parade. Other national vets’ organizations like Wounded Warriors and Disabled American Veterans also participated.
Authorities are now on the case and have begun reviewing surveillance footage to try and identify the people who spread the nails and screws.
Rioters engaged in vandalism Friday after Donald Trump was sworn in as president. They smashed the windows of Starbucks and the Bank of America, in addition to setting a limo on fire, which ironically belongs to a Muslim immigrant. But the damage done to AMVETS vehicles is an indication that acts of vandalism are beginning to spread outside of Washington, D.C. proper.
Many of those rioters caught Friday have now been charged with felony rioting, which carries a jail sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.
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