Watchdog Report Says Police Did Not Clear Protesters To Make Way For Trump Photo-Op

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“The U.S. Park Police did not clear protesters from a park outside the White House so then-President Donald Trump could take a photo-op at a nearby church, an Interior Department inspector general’s report found. … Trump walked to St. John’s Church, which had been damaged the day before during protests over racial injustice. As he did, law enforcement violently cleared what had been mostly peaceful protesters in Lafayette Park. As those scenes unfolded, Trump posed for photographs, holding up a Bible outside the church. … Park Police officials said the plan to clear the area was in place before a 2 p.m. meeting that included then-Attorney General William Barr. The Park Police operations commander said ‘the Attorney General did not mention a potential presidential visit to the park,’ according to the report.” (06/09/21)