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Politics Warren asks DOD IG to investigate tactics used for Trump's church visit

11:26  03 june  2020
11:26  03 june  2020 Source:   foxnews.com

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So President Trump , declaring that “the destruction of peaceful life and the spilling of blood is Elizabeth Warren is among the demonstrators at the White House protest, along with her husband Police violently cleared peaceful protests from the area outside the Church of the Presidents near the

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., asked the Defense Department’s inspector general to investigate any military involvement in crowd dispersal tactics during the protests over the death of George Floyd.

In a letter to acting Inspector General Sean O’Donnell, Warren specifically mentioned reports that police used tear gas and rubber bullets on peaceful protesters Monday so President Trump could walk to St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lafayette Park – which was set on fire by rioters – for a photo op.

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The use of low-flying helicopters, one of which was printed with the Red Cross logo, against An amped law enforcement presence and the use of aggressive tactics against protestors in the The archdiocese of Washington said it was “baffling and reprehensible” to allow Trump to visit the Saint

Trump ’ s walk to the historic church , in front of which he took photos in which he was seen to display a Christian Bible upside-down and backwards, came shortly after police had forcibly cleared protesters It contains details about the types of data we collect, how we use it, and your data protection rights.

The Trump campaign denied reports that tear gas was used on the protesters. The statement said that, "We now know through the U.S. Park Police that neither they, nor any of their law enforcement partners, used tear gas to quell rising violence. We also know that police discovered stashes of weapons like glass bottles, baseball bats, and metal poles hidden nearby, which are indeed strange items to have on hand for a ‘peaceful’ protest."

Warren, like other Democrats, referred to the tactics as an “‘ambush’ of American citizens who were protesting the killing of [George] Floyd,” claiming it was done to allow Trump “to partake in a blatantly political photo opportunity.”

She also mentioned a call Trump made with several governors in which he said he wished there was an “occupying force” in major cities and in a speech to the nation this week he warned he would send “thousands and thousands” of soldiers to quell D.C. protests.

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Elizabeth Warren . "Tonight the President of the United States used the American military to shoot peaceful protestors with rubber bullets & tear gas them. St. john' S church rector on aftermath of fire, impromptu trump visit : 'like I'M In some alternative universe'.

Police officers used flash grenades to disperse a crowd so the president could visit for a photo opportunity. And in New York, protesters and The police use tear gas to clear a path for Trump to visit a damaged church . Angry protests continue nationwide a week after George Floyd’ s death.

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“The president further said he placed General Milley ‘in charge,’ despite the fact that as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs he has no operational authority and is not in the formal chain of command," Warren, who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, wrote.

The United States Park Police denied any tear gas was used to clear away protesters. The USPP said they took the steps “to curtail the violence that was underway,” pushing back against claims that the protest was entirely peaceful.

“At approximately 6:33 pm, violent protestors on H Street NW began throwing projectiles including bricks, frozen water bottles and caustic liquids,” the USPP said in a statement. “The protestors also climbed onto a historic building at the north end of Lafayette Park that was destroyed by arson days prior. Intelligence had revealed calls for violence against the police, and officers found caches of glass bottles, baseball bats and metal poles hidden along the street.”

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As Mr. Trump delivered a speech in the Rose Garden vowing to send the military to states where governors could not bring rioting under control but calling himself “an ally of all peaceful protesters,” the sound of explosions and the yells of demonstrators could be heard.

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Still, the Park Police acknowledged using smoke canisters and pepper balls on the protesters.

“As many of the protestors became more combative, continued to throw projectiles, and attempted to grab officers’ weapons, officers then employed the use of smoke canisters and pepper balls when protestors did scatter from the area," the statement said.

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White House spokesperson Judd Deere said in a statement: "The perimeter was expanded to help enforce the 7:00 pm curfew in the same area where rioters attempted to burn down one of our nation’s most historic churches the night before. Protesters were given three warnings by the U.S. Park Police."

Several reporters in the crowd said they didn’t hear the warnings.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who participated in the photo op, said he wasn’t given advance notice by the president, according to The Hill.

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Trump walked from the White House to the church after it was reported he was ushered into a White House bunker Friday as protesters pushed at police barricades and threw rocks at police.

More than 1,250 former Justice Dept. workers call for internal watchdog to probe Barr role in clearing demonstrators from Lafayette Square .
The group said they were concerned Barr had unleashed law enforcement on peaceful protesters to help facilitate a photo op for President Trump.In a letter to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, the group said it was “deeply concerned about the Department’s actions, and those of Attorney General William Barr himself, in response to the nationwide lawful gatherings to protest the systemic racism that has plagued this country throughout its history.

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