George Floyd: Police fire tear gas to clear peaceful DC protest

Cheryl Sanders
June 3, 2020

On Monday night, after his address to the nation on the protests and riots going on across the country, the president walked out of the White House and across Lafayette Park to the church, where rioters started a fire the night before.

"I was suddenly coughing from the teargas", Rev Gerbasi told the Religious News Service website.

"That is not - quote - her church, that is not - quote - her Bible". And he's taking a knee at a church yesterday in front of African-Americans.

"Not only should we demand justice for George Floyd", Cormyn said, "we should demand justice for these innocent victims of this agitation, this chaos, and the looting we are seeing, the violence around the country". "Overwhelming force. Domination. Likewise, Minneapolis was great (thank you President Trump!)", he tweeted. "You have to dominate".

The clergymen aimed to act as a "peaceful presence in support of protesters".

"I don't want President Trump speaking for St John's".

"This is not about dominating".

"You can fix glass, but it's harder to fix people's lives", Hopkinson told Al Jazeera.

Demonstrators walk through downtown near the White House as protests continue over the death in police custody of George Floyd, in Washington, U.S., June 2, 2020.

The Episcopal bishop of Washington DC has said she is "outraged" after officers used teargas to clear a crowd of peaceful protesters from near the White House to make way for Donald Trump.

Newsweek reached out to the United States Park Police for further comment.

The violent dispersal of peaceful protests near the White House the night before was a potent symbol of Trump's policing tactics and a physical manifestation of the rhetorical culture war he has stoked since before he was elected.

Democrats tried to use fast-track procedures to pass the measure criticizing the Republican president by a unanimous voice vote but were stopped when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, also a Republican, objected. Rodriguez dismissed the idea that Trump's recent forays into religious symbolism were "a dog whistle or a clarion call" to a religious base that, as he put it, is already firmly by the president's side.

A former minister at the church US President Donald Trump used as the backdrop for a photo Monday evening slammed the move as "a sacrilege for all people of all faiths". He authorized Attorney General William Barr to oversee a surge in the deployment of federal law enforcement officers, including the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team and agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That in all cases of insurrection, or obstruction to the laws, either of the United States, or of any individual state or territory, where it is lawful for the President of the United States to call forth the militia for the objective of suppressing such insurrection, or of causing the laws to be duly executed, it shall be lawful for him to employ, for the same purposes, such part of the land or naval force of the United States, as shall be judged necessary, having first observed all the pre-requisites of the law in that respect.

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