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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
George Floyd protests in Washington DC. H St. Lafayette Square on 30 May 2020 - RP1 3245.jpg
Military Police meet protestors in Lafayette Square, next to the White House, on May 31, 2020
DateJune 1, 2020
Location
Washington, D.C.
Caused by
  • Killing of George Floyd while being arrested by Minneapolis Police
  • Police brutality
  • Lack of police accountability
  • Racism against minorities.[1]
MethodsProtests, demonstrations, civil disobedience, civil resistance, looting, assault, arson, tear gas, and property damage,
StatusOngoing
Injuries and Arrests
InjuriesUnknown

The 2020 Lafayette Square Incident[2] is part of the ongoing George Floyd protests protesting police brutality[3] 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[4]. On May 29, the White House initiated a lockdown in response to escalating protests in the area.[5] In the following days, as protests increased, National Guard units were called to counter protests and prevent violence[6].

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[7][8]. It was later revealed Attorney General William Barr ordered the incident[9]. Minutes after giving a speech declaring himself "The President of Law and Order"[10] Trump walked across the street to take a picture at St. John's Church, which has been set on fire the previous night[11]. This came among calls by Trump to invoke the Insurrection Act of 1807 to send military units into cities to end the protests[12]. The following day, the White House built fences surrounding the Square as protestors returned[13].

The incident led to condemnation as well as concerns over the use of the military against American citizens, and suppression of First Amendment Rights[14]. The event has been criticized as an excessive use of force for political purposes [15]

Military Police Outside the White House facing protestors


Protestors stand outside the White House


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References[edit]

  1. Robertson, Nicky (May 30, 2020). "US surgeon general says "there is no easy prescription to heal our nation"". CNN. Retrieved June 1, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. Yglesias, Matthew (2020-06-01). "The most chilling aspect of Trump's Monday night crackdown on law-abiding protesters". Vox. Retrieved 2020-06-02.
  3. Board, The Editorial (2020-06-01). "Opinion | America's Protests Won't Stop Until Police Brutality Does". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-06-02.
  4. Hill, Evan; Tiefenthäler, Ainara; Triebert, Christiaan; Jordan, Drew; Willis, Haley; Stein, Robin (2020-05-31). "8 Minutes and 46 Seconds: How George Floyd Was Killed in Police Custody". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-06-02.
  5. Behrmann, Savannah. "White House was locked down as protests over Floyd's death reach nation's capital". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2020-06-02.
  6. Altman, Howard (2020-06-01). "5,000 National Guard troops in 15 states and DC activated to help quell growing civil unrest". Military Times. Retrieved 2020-06-02.
  7. "https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1267638330654625794". Twitter. Retrieved 2020-06-02. External link in |title= (help)
  8. "Before Trump vows to end 'lawlessness,' federal officers confront protesters outside White House". The Washington Post. June 2, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  9. Budryk, Zack (2020-06-02). "Barr personally ordered law enforcement to push back Lafayette Square protesters: report". TheHill. Retrieved 2020-06-02.
  10. Swan, Jonathan. "Trump goes full law-and-order". Axios. Retrieved 2020-06-02.
  11. "Historic St. John's Church Near White House Damaged Amid Unrest". NBC4 Washington. Retrieved 2020-06-03.
  12. Forgey, Quint. "'Outraged': Trump faces condemnation for clearing protesters, threatening military force". POLITICO. Retrieved 2020-06-02.
  13. "Live Updates: Sen. Elizabeth Warren Shows Up To Lafayette Square Protest". WAMU. Retrieved 2020-06-03.
  14. CNN, By <a href="/profiles/jessie-yeung">Jessie Yeung</a>, <a href="/profiles/steve-george">Steve George</a>, Melissa Macaya, <a href="/profiles/meg-wagner">Meg Wagner</a>, Mike Hayes and <a href="/profiles/daniella-diaz">Daniella Diaz</a> (2020-06-02). "Senate Democrats unveil resolution to condemn Trump for Lafayette park incident". CNN. Retrieved 2020-06-02.
  15. Klar, Rebecca (2020-06-01). "Harris: Trump 'just tear-gassed peaceful protesters for a photo op'". TheHill. Retrieved 2020-06-02.



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