Internal investigation Forced removal of race Justice demonstrators in Washington, DC were not affected by former President Donald Trump’s plan to take pictures with the Bible outside the church.
The report issued by the Inspector General of the Interior on Wednesday concluded that the protesters were cleared by the U.S. Park Police (USPP) on June 1st last year, so the contractor began installing new fences.
Trump was widely criticized for forcibly dispersing demonstrators with peppercorns and flash bombs 30 minutes before taking pictures in front of St. John’s Church near the White House.
A few days ago, on May 25th, demonstrators took to the streets to protest the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is white. is convicted Freud was murdered in April.
Inspector General Mark Lee Greenblatt said in a statement, USPP A plan to clean up the area has been made, and “the operational plan will be implemented a few hours before they know that the president may visit the park.”
Trump, who is Cancel the platform on Twitter, Facebook And after posting on other social media Uprising on January 6 Trying to prevent the joint meeting of Congress from proving President Joe Biden’s victory to allow Trump to continue in power, issued a statement celebrating the report.
“As we have been saying, and supported in today’s very detailed and professional written report, our excellent park police decided to clean up the park and let the contractor safely install anti-scale fences to prevent Antifa thugs. Radical BLM protesters, And other violent demonstrators who are causing chaos and death in our city,” Trump said.
“Thanks again to the inspector general!”
However, Trump administration officials do seem to be trying to persuade the authorities to clean up the area. The report records Trump’s attorney general, William Barr, Shortly before pushing for the removal of protesters, he encouraged the commander because of Trump, but was fired.
The report included the testimony of a USPP operations commander who asked not to be named: “The Attorney General asked him,’When the U.S. presidential election is over, will these people still be here? [President of the United States] come out? The USPP operations commander told us that he didn’t know until then that the president would walk out of the White House and enter Lafayette Park. “
The testimony continued: “He said he replied to the Attorney General, ‘Are you freaking kidding me?’ and then hung his head and walked away. The Attorney General then left Lafayette Park.”
The report determined that the decision to clear the protesters was justified, but that law enforcement agencies on the scene failed to effectively communicate with each other and failed to communicate warnings to the protesters about the impending crackdown.
Several different law enforcement agencies moved ahead of schedule and started engaging with protesters before the protesters had been sufficiently warned.
The report details how on June 1, a contingent from the Bureau of Prisons arrived at the scene late, did not receive a full briefing and used pepper pellets on protesters “contrary to the USPP incident commander’s instructions”.
The conclusions, which deny any political influence on decisions and cite fog-of-war confusion for any missteps, are likely to be dismissed as insufficient by critics of last summer’s crackdown.
The new report focuses on the decision-making of the USPP, which falls under the Interior Department, and its complicated interactions with various law enforcement entities, including the Secret Service and the Metropolitan Police Department.
It points out that “the USPP and the Secret Service did not use a shared radio channel to communicate” and determines that “weaknesses in communication and coordination may have contributed to confusion during the operation”.
Lafayette Park was the DC hub last year National trend Sometimes it is a violent, just protest.
Trump and his administration suppressed protests across the United States, including a series of “Kidnapping” the demonstrators Provided by federal authorities in Portland, Oregon.
Most of the criticism of clearing the site and accusations of political influence stemmed from the decision to move in before the 7pm curfew set by Mayor Muriel Bowser. After two nights of conflict and property damage, this push surprised the protesters and was criticized as an unnecessary confrontation.
The report concluded that the USPP commander Think the curfew is irrelevantIt quoted an incident commander who said, “We did not enforce the mayor’s curfew. We are a federal entity. We do not work directly for the mayor.”
It went on to say that the commander at the scene “does not believe that the protesters will abide by the mayor’s June 1 curfew order, or that waiting will definitely reduce the riots”.