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US Parks Police have not allowed protesters to leave a park outside the White House so President Trump can take a photo op at a nearby church, inspector reports General of the Ministry of the Interior.
“[T]Evidence established that relevant USPP officials made these decisions and began implementing the operational plan several hours before they learned of a possible presidential visit to the park, which took place later in the day, ”wrote Home Office IG Mark Greenblatt with the publication of the report on Wednesday. “As such, we have determined that the evidence did not support a conclusion that the USPP cleared the park on June 1, 2020, so that President Trump could then enter the park.”
Trump attended St. John’s Church, which had been damaged the day before during protests against racial injustice. As he did, law enforcement violently evacuated what had been mostly peaceful protesters in Lafayette Park.
As these scenes unfolded, Trump posed for photos, holding up a Bible outside the church.
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The report notes that the park police made the decision “to allow a contractor to safely install limescale fences in response to the destruction of federal property and injury to officers.”
The report, however, “fails to enlighten law enforcement officials on the use of force and recognizes the problem with its response. … This report does not deal with allegations of individual incidents of use of force, as these are also the subject of separate investigations. like pending lawsuits. “
Two of the specified issues he reported:
- “The deployment of the US secret service before the USPP began its dispersal warnings, and
- “The failure of the USPP to provide dispersal warnings loud enough for everyone to hear and which tells protesters where to get out before the cleanup begins.”
Trump reacted triumphantly to the report, thanking the Inspector General in a statement for “having me completely and totally cleared in the clearing of Lafayette Park!”