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DOJ Settles Lawsuits over Brutal Crackdown on 2020 Protest Near White House

HeadlineApr 14, 2022

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.

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