2020 Lafayette Square protest
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|2020 Lafayette Square Incident|
|Part of Human rights, police brutality in the United States, and protests against Donald Trump|
Military Police meet protestors in Lafayette Square, next to the White House, on May 31, 2020
|Date||June 1, 2020|
|Methods||Protests, demonstrations, civil disobedience, civil resistance, looting, assault, arson, tear gas, and property damage,|
|Injuries and Arrests|
The 2020 Lafayette Square Incident is part of the ongoing George Floyd protests protesting police brutality and systemic racism in the United States after the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020. On May 29, the White House initiated a lockdown in response to escalating protests in the area. In the following days, as protests increased, National Guard units were called to counter protests and prevent violence.
On June 1, at approximately 6:40 pm, minutes before President Donald Trump was to address the nation, National Guard units fired tear gas, Rubber bullets, and stun grenades into the crowd without imminent provocation, as well as attacked protestors and journalists to clear the square. It was later revealed Attorney General William Barr ordered the incident. Minutes after giving a speech declaring himself "The President of Law and Order" Trump walked across the street to take a picture at St. John's Church, which has been set on fire the previous night. This came among calls by Trump to invoke the Insurrection Act of 1807 to send military units into cities to end the protests. The following day, the White House built fences surrounding the Square as protestors returned.
The incident led to condemnation as well as concerns over the use of the military against American citizens, and suppression of First Amendment Rights. The event has been criticized as an excessive use of force for political purposes 
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