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Congress begins probe into federal officers’ use of force to clear protesters near Lafayette Square

Federal law enforcement officials on Thursday arrested a man in Washington they call a "ringleader" in the recent attempt to destroy the Andrew Jackson statue in Lafayette Square near the White House.​

Tear Gas and Clubs in Lafayette Square Were Just the Beginning

Georgetown Law Prof. Jonathan Turley, a Republican star witness against the impeachment of Trump, says Attorney General Barr should resign if Lafayette Square was a photo-op.

An Australian journalist who was attacked in Lafayette Square by a U.S. Park Police officer live on ABC7 testified Monday. Amelia Brace appeared at a U.S. House Natural Resources Committee hearing examining the response in the park on June 1. STORY:

An Australian journalist has testified before US Congress about being struck by police outside the White House as security cleared Lafayette Square for President @realDonaldTrump .

The Trump Administration’s attack on nonviolent demonstrators in Lafayette Square was a direct assault on our First Amendment freedoms and right to demonstrate peacefully in the name of justice. 1/2

Congress begins probe into federal officers’ use of force to clear protesters near Lafayette Square


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The President must immediately reopen Lafayette Square to the public. This unique park should be a symbol of freedom & openness, not a militarized zone behind which President Trump cowers in fear of protesters who are crying out for justice.

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when u see "protesters" attacking another monument in lafayette square, u realize they're the least fit, least able people on earth. they succeed cuz no one wants to hurt them. we are like people who would rather take the spider outside than crush it.

A remarkable documentary by my WashPost colleagues reconstructing what happened at Lafayette Square minute by minute, using video footage, police scanner recordings and other reporting. It reveals the degree of deception by authorities -->

Chmn of Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley in pre-recorded speech to grads from National Defense Univ. on Lafayette Square: “I should not have been there. My presence in that moment and in that environment created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics”

Before President Trump could stride across Lafayette Square in Washington for a photo op at St. John’s Church, protesters had to be cleared out. What ensued was a burst of violence unlike any seen in the shadow of the White House in generations.

BREAKING: Army Gen. Mark Milley, the nation's top military officer, says he was wrong to have accompanied President Trump on a walk to a church through Lafayette Square, where he was photographed in his combat uniform with the presidential entourage.

President Trump ordered federal officers to force peaceful protesters from Lafayette Square And now, he’s converted it into something resembling a militarized zone Lafayette Square should be a symbol of freedom, not a place behind which he cowers in fear of peaceful protesters

US Park Police: It was a “mistake” to say no tear gas was used in Lafayette Square. "It was a mistake on our part for using ‘tear gas’ because we just assumed people would think CS or CN [two common forms of tear gas] " via @alexwardb 

AG William Barr reportedly ordered law enforcement to clear Lafayette Square for Trump’s photo-op himself. He should resign. And @JusticeOIG  should investigate the role that AG Barr & @TheJusticeDept  personnel played in this ugly propaganda event.

White House officials say the church photo opp was Ivanka Trump’s idea, and that Hope Hicks orchestrated the visuals, per big NYT piece reconstructing the smoke-and-flash-grenades Lafayette Square clash