Tonight at 7:30pm on @VICELAND , we bring you the blow-by-blow account of the unprecedented use of force used to clear Black Lives Matter protesters out of Lafayette Square for President Trump's photo op at St. John's Church.
I went to St. John’s Church & Lafayette Square for the first time since June 1, when US security forces attacked peaceful protesters with tear gas and pepper spray to help Trump do his Bible photo-op. I saw people running then. All was quiet today at Black Lives Matter Plaza.
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.
CNN has obtained documents reported by NPR that show D.C. National Guard was asked by military officer whether his unit had a “heat ray” that could be used on protesters at Lafayette Square on June 1, when Trump held Bible outside church. w/ @mkraju
I thought we’d already covered this after the attacks in Lafayette Square: the US government should not be using unidentified federal officers as a secret police force to terrorize US citizens & violate their constitutional rights. This is outrageous.
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.
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.