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DC National Guard Whistleblower Details Tear Gas Op For Trump Photo Shoot

The Park Police used tear gas and “excessive use of force” in June to clear protestors to make way for President Trump’s infamous Lafayette Park photo op, according to congressional testimony from a whistleblowing officer from the D.C. National Guard. The account, by D.C. National Guard Maj. Adam DeMarco in testimony for the House Natural Resources Committee, offers firsthand details about the federal operation to push nonviolent Black Lives Matter protestors out of Lafayette Square, clearing...
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Officer challenges account of violent clearing of protesters

The U.S. Park Police and Secret Service violently routed protesters from Lafayette Square last month without apparent provocation or adequate warning, immediately after Attorney General William Barr spoke with Park Police leaders, according to an Army National Guard officer who was there. The account of National Guard Maj. Adam DeMarco challenges the Trump administration’s explanation that vicious attacks by protesters led federal forces to turn on what appeared to be a largely peaceful crowd J...
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Administration skips hearing on violence against protesters

The head of the U.S. Park Police refused to appear Monday to answer lawmakers’ questions on violence against demonstrators and journalists outside the White House, saying he couldn’t as long as the federal force remains on highest alert for protests and attacks against monuments. The White House, however, trumpeted the administration's continuing support of law officers in the now subsiding protests. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters that President Donald Trump's visi...
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Trump Threatens To Arrest And Jail Protesters Who Topple Statues

President Trump threatened anti-racism protesters on Tuesday morning, in what has become a common refrain for a president who brandishes a show a force at signs of dissent. This time, sounding off on Twitter to warn that protesters who attempt to vandalize or tear down statues of historical figures – many of whom have links to white supremacy – would be subject to arrest. I have authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such F...
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DC Public Safety Officials Challenge Barr’s Denial Forcible Removal Of Protesters Was For Photo-Op

Attorney General Bill Barr has insisted the U.S. Park Police’s forcibly removal of peaceful protesters from Lafayette Square on June 1 was part of a pre-planned operation to extend the perimeter around the White House, not a means to clear a path for President Donald Trump’s unannounced photo-op in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church. But accounts from D.C. public safety and National Guard officials indicate otherwise. The officials told the Washington Post that the Trump administration hadn...
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Aggressive Tactics by National Guard, Ordered to Appease Trump, Wounded the Military, Too

WASHINGTON -- A white National Guard commander called the standoff in Lafayette Square "the Alamo," implying that the White House was under siege. Black members of the D.C. Guard objected to turning on their neighbors. Army leaders told pilots to "flood the box with everything we have" as two helicopters buzzed protesters in the streets.The National Guard is now engaged in an investigation of the havoc a week ago Monday in downtown Washington, similar to after-the-fact examinations more common t...
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Dems Seek Probe Into Use Of Force Against Protesters At Lafayette Square

Congressional Democrats are requesting an investigation into the U.S. Park Police’s aggressive use of force in dispersing protesters from Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. to make way for a presidential photo-op at a nearby church.  “The First Amendment rights to free speech, peaceful assembly, and free press are the building blocks of all other rights. Any actions by the Park Police to muzzle these rights is an affront to all Americans and should be swiftly addressed, ”Sen. Ron Wyden (...
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Barr Says He Didn’t Give Tactical Order To Clear Protesters In Front Of White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr says law enforcement officers were already moving to push back protesters from a park in front of the White House when he arrived there Monday evening, and he says he did not give a command to disperse the crowd, though he supported the decision. Barr’s comments in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday were his most detailed explanation yet of what unfolded outside the White House earlier this week. They come after the White House and...
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Mayor Asks Trump To Withdraw Federal Officers And Troops From DC’s Streets

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser asked President Trump Thursday to withdraw the federal law enforcement and military who in recent days have been patrolling the district’s streets. Bowser’s request, which she posted on Twitter Friday morning, raised concerns with the lack of identifying information on some of those forces’ uniforms, while noting that she had ended the state of emergency in the district. Bowser alluded to a Monday night episode in D.C. by arguing that a “multiplicity of forces can bre...
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Tear Gas Is Way More Dangerous Than Police Let On — Especially During the Coronavirus Pandemic

This story first appeared at ProPublica. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. When Amira Chowdhury joined a protest in Philadelphia against police violence on Monday, she wore a mask to protect herself and others against the coronavirus. But when officers launched tear gas into the crowd, Chowdhury pulled off her mask as she gasped for air. “I couldn’t breathe,” she said. “I felt like...
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Trump Said No Tear Gas Used to Clear Protesters for Photo Op. These Canisters Suggest Otherwise.

You really can believe your own eyes.A reporter from the Washington D.C. TV station WUSA 9 shared images on Twitter of tear gas canisters he and a colleague collected from near the White House on Monday—contradicting claims from the White House and U.S. Park Police that authorities did not deploy the weapon against peaceful protesters clear the way for President Donald Trump’s photo-op.The photographs show spent CM Spede Heat CS and CM Skat Shell OC short-range rounds, both produced by the firm ...
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As Protests and Violence Spill Over, Trump Shrinks Back

WASHINGTON -- Inside the White House, the mood was bristling with tension. Hundreds of protesters were gathering outside the gates, shouting curses at President Donald Trump and in some cases throwing bricks and bottles. Nervous for his safety, Secret Service agents abruptly rushed the president to the underground bunker used in the past during terrorist attacks.The scene Friday night, described by a person with firsthand knowledge, kicked off an uneasy weekend at the White House as demonstratio...
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Crowds Protest George Floyd Killing And Trump Outside White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered outside the White House late Friday to protest the police killing of a black man in Minneapolis — and President Donald Trump’s response. Protesters hurled pieces of bricks, bottles and other objects at Secret Service and U.S. Park Police officers who were in riot gear behind barricades around the White House. Protesters at times kicked and punched officers and wrestled over the barricades. The crowd of hundreds chanted “No justice, no peace” and “S...
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Protesters converge on White House for second straight day

By ASHRAF KHALIL, KEVIN FREKING and MICHAEL BALSAMO WASHINGTON — Shouting “Black Lives Matter” and “I can’t breathe,” hundreds of people converged on the White House for a second straight day Saturday to protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and President Donald Trump’s response. In several instances, pepper spray was used to disperse the crowd as pockets of violence erupted. Trump did not talk to reporters as he returned to the White House after watching the launch of a SpaceX rocket...
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FBI defends length of probe into fatal police shooting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI says the 2017 fatal shooting by U.S. Park Police of an unarmed Virginia motorist is a complex case and that its 16-month investigation is not unusual. The bureau’s comments came in a March 15 letter to U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, who has questioned why the FBI is taking so […]
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Sign seeking answers in fatal police shooting stolen again

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A sign reminding passers-by of the fatal shooting of an unarmed Virginia man by U.S. Park Police after a brief chase has been stolen. The Washington Post reports the theft of a sign seeking answers in the 2017 death of Bijan Ghaisar was stolen the same week U.S. Rep. Don Beyer […]
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Man climbs National Christmas Tree near White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man who climbed the National Christmas Tree near the White House Friday evening has been taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation, local media report. NBC4 TV in Washington says U.S. Park Police believed the man, who has not been identified, was in emotional distress and negotiated with him to climb […]
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Police reports: Driver shot by Park Police was unarmed

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Police reports show a northern Virginia man was unarmed when he was shot and killed by U.S. Park Police after a brief car chase last year. Twenty-five-year-old Bijan Ghaisar of McLean died after a Nov. 17 chase on the George Washington Parkway. Federal authorities have said little about their investigation. Ghaisar’s […]
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Family files lawsuit in fatal shooting by US Park Police

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorneys for the family of a northern Virginia man shot to death by U.S. Park Police have filed a lawsuit that describes the incident as “egregious, senseless and unlawful” and spoke of “two out-of-control law enforcement officers.” Lawyers for Bijan Ghaisar’s family, who filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Friday, […]
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Justice Dept. opposes release of 911 call in police shooting

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The Justice Department is opposing release of a 911 call connected to the fatal shooting of a northern Virginia man by U.S. Park Police last year. Twenty-five-year-old Bijan Ghaisar of McLean died after a Nov. 17 chase on the George Washington Parkway when he was shot by responding Park Police officers. […]
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Watch: Dashcam Video Shows Bijan Ghaisar’s Fatal Shooting By Virginia Police

Dashcam footage released Wednesday by the Fairfax County Police Department showed the moment when a Virginia man was shot by the U.S. Park Police officers, who fired at least nine shots at a Jeep, killing the driver. The incident took place on Nov.17, 2017. Investigators said that Bijan Ghaisar, 25, an accountant from McLean, tried to escape from the police on Nov.17 after being reportedly involved in a hit-and-run on the George Washington Parkway. Ghaisar succumbed to his injuries and died on N...
Tags: News, Virginia, McLean, Fairfax County Police Department, U S Park Police, Bijan Ghaisar, George Washington Parkway Ghaisar

Dashcam Video Shows ‘Senseless’ Killing Of Iranian-American By Federal Cops, Lawyers Say

WASHINGTON ― U.S Park Police shot and killed an unarmed Iranian-American man in Fairfax County, Virginia, last November.
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Police: 2 hurt in fall from DC area overpass after chase

WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities say two people were hurt when they fell off an overpass onto some railroad tracks while being pursued in connection with an armed robbery. Local news outlets report that the D.C. Fire Department says U.S. Park Police and the Metropolitan Police Department were chasing a car connected to the armed robbery […]
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Hundreds of pro-Trump activists descend on D.C. for 'Mother of All Rallies'

U.S. Park Police braced for a crowd of as many as 3,000 people.            [Author: USA TODAY]
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Statue of Liberty tour boat crew members help rescue swimmer

NEW YORK (AP) — National Park Service police officers and Statue of Liberty tour boat crew members have rescued a man who jumped into the water at the southern tip of Manhattan. Sgt. David Somma of the U.S. Park Police says the man jumped into the water at 4:15 p.m. Saturday and started swimming away […]
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Lincoln Memorial Vandalized With Spray-Painted Anti-Law Message

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Park Service says someone used red spray paint to scrawl an anti-law message on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. The Park Service says the vandalism took place early Tuesday morning. A photo released by the service shows an expletive followed by the word “law” scrawled on the inside of one of the memorial’s columns. Workers are using a “gel-type architectural paint stripper safe for use on historic stone” to remove the graffiti. They say treatments will be appli...
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4 Black Teens Detained For Selling Water Were Treated Like A ‘Threat’

A D.C. councilman wrote a letter to the U.S. Park Police chief calling out the glaring racial double standard.
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Teens handcuffed for selling water on National Mall

WASHINGTON (AP) — An elected official in Washington is asking U.S. Park Police why teenagers were handcuffed for selling bottled water on the National Mall. The arrests were made on Thursday. A witness took photos of three young black men being handcuffed by plainclothes police officers. U.S. Park Police say two of them were 16 […]
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Slain Muslim Teenager's Memorial Set On Fire In Washington, D.C.

On Sunday, Muslim teen Nabra Hassanen was assaulted and murdered after leaving her mosque in Virginia. The following day, a suspected terror attack on a London mosque rocked the city's Muslim community and provided a heartbreaking reminder that Muslims, especially women, are at a tremendous risk of violence.This morning, a makeshift memorial for Hassanen in Washington, D.C. was set on fire at approximately 8:30 a.m. local time. According to district police, a 24-year-old South Carolina man was ...
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