Police Fire Back at Media, Claim Tear Gas Was NOT Used to Deter Protesters at White House
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The main stream media has peddled the narrative for the past few days that protesters were "tear gassed" by military police so that President Trump could have a photo op in front of St. John's church.
According to new information, the claim that these protesters were tear gassed is totally false.
“It’s said that a lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can get its pants on. This tear gas lie is proof of that. For nearly an entire day, the whole of the press corps frantically reported the ‘news’ of a tear gas attack on ‘peaceful’ protestors in Lafayette Park, with no evidence to support such claims,” said communications director for the Trump campaign Tim Murtaugh.
The revelations were originally brought forward by the United States Park Police who said that tear gas was not used. Instead they used smoke canisters and pepper balls after the so-called protesters became violent and combative.
“Every news organization which reported the tear gas lie should immediately correct or retract its erroneous reporting,” said Murtaugh.
On Tuesday, the police said that the protesters in front of the White House were throwing bricks and "caustic liquids," a much different picture than what the media decided to report.
“At approximately 6:33 pm, violent protestors on H Street NW began throwing projectiles including bricks, frozen water bottles and caustic liquids. The protestors also climbed onto a historic building at the north end of Lafayette Park that was destroyed by arson days prior. Intelligence had revealed calls for violence against the police, and officers found caches of glass bottles, baseball bats and metal poles hidden along the street,” said the police department as they explained how they originally tried clearing the area by telling the protesters over the loud speakers to move.
“As many of the protestors became more combative, continued to throw projectiles, and attempted to grab officers’ weapons, officers then employed the use of smoke canisters and pepper balls. No tear gas was used by USPP officers or other assisting law enforcement partners to close the area at Lafayette Park,” the statement added.
On Monday, President Trump spoke from the Rose Garden about the ongoing riots in response to the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd.
“I am taking immediate presidential action to stop the violence and restore security and safety in America,” President Trump said. “I am mobilizing all federal resources civilian and military to stop the rioting and your Second Amendment rights.”
“First we are ending the riots and lawlessness that has spread throughout our country. We will end it now,” the President continued. “Today I have strongly recommended to every governor to deploy the National Guard in sufficient numbers that we dominate the streets. Mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled. If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will quickly deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them.”
The president said that the riots in Washington, D.C., was a “total disgrace,” and revealed he was deploying “thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults, and the wanton destruction of property.”
“We are putting everybody on warning: Our seven o’clock curfew will be strictly enforced. Those who threaten innocent life and property will be arrested, detained, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” the President continued. “I want the organizers of this terror to be on notice that you will face severe criminal penalties and lengthy sentences in jail. This includes Antifa and others who are leading instigators of this violence.”
“We have one beautiful law. And once that is restored and fully restored, we will help you, we will help your business, and we will help your family,” he continued. “America is founded upon the rule of law. It is the foundation of our prosperity, our freedom, and our very way of life. But where there is no law, there is no opportunity. Where there is no justice, there is no liberty. Where there is no safety, there is no future.”
“We must never give in to anger or hatred. If malice or violence reigns, then none of us is free,” the President concluded. “I take these actions today with firm resolve and with a true and passionate love for our country. By far, our greatest days lie ahead.”
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