The Justice Department has agreed to settle four cases brought by Black Lives Matter activists who were brutally cleared from a peaceful protest outside the White House just days after the murder of George Floyd. On June 1, 2020, police beat and tear-gassed peaceful protesters gathered in Lafayette Park after then-Attorney General William Barr ordered police to clear a path for President Trump to walk to the nearby St. John’s Episcopal Church for an infamous photo op holding a Bible. As part of a settlement announced Wednesday, the U.S. Park Police will update policies requiring that officers wear visible identifiers, and will require officers to attempt deescalation tactics before any moves to deploy so-called less lethal weapons.
DOJ Settles Lawsuits over Brutal Crackdown on 2020 Protest Near White House
HeadlineApr 14, 2022