Protesters face $50,000 fine for red powder attack on the Constitution

The climate change protesters who dumped red powder on the Constitution’s display case are facing charges of felony destruction of government property.

Donald Zepeda, 35, of Maryland, and Jackson Green, 27, of Utah were detained shortly after their stunt on Feb. 14. While Green remained in custody due to a prior offense, Zepeda was released shortly after, only to be arrested on Wednesday in light of their indictment, which was unsealed Friday.

National Archives employees clean pink powder on the casement of the Constitution inside the National Archives Rotunda in Washington, Feb. 14, 2024. (Ellis Brachman/National Archives via AP)

“The cost of cleaning up after the stunt, which was intended to draw attention to Climate Change, has already exceeded $50,000,” a press release from the U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C., read. “In addition, the act closed the Rotunda
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