Internal Investigation Finds That Trump Did Not Order the Clearing of Lafayette Park For St. John’s Photo-Op

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According to the findings of an internal investigation, Former President Donald Trump did not order the removal of protestors from Lafayette Park for a photo-op in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church.

St. John’s was set on fire by protestors during the riots that took place last summer.

Trump’s decision to walk over to the church caused much controversy.

Joe Biden, among many others, heartily disapproved of Trump’s actions.

Well, it turns out that the clearing of Lafayette Park had nothing to do with Trump.

The park had to be emptied so that workers could install protective fencing without protestors posing a threat to their safety.

The report also found that the protestors were not made properly aware that the park was to be cleared, leading to more unnecessary chaos.

You can read the full article by The Daily Caller here.

Demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd were forcibly removed with flash-bangs and other non-lethal crowd control munitions from the plaza between St. John’s Church and Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C. on June 1. The incident was widely denounced and quickly blamed on Trump, who walked across the park shortly afterwards to give a speech in front of St. John’s Church.

A report released Wednesday by Mark Greenblatt, the Interior Department inspector general, determined that Park Police were given permission to and carried out clearing the park long before anyone knew the former president had plans to walk over.

“The evidence we reviewed showed that the (Park Police) cleared the park to allow a contractor to safely install anti-scale fencing in response to destruction of Federal property and injury to officers that occurred on May 30 and May 31,” Greenblatt noted.

While the report found clearing the protesters was justified, it described a lack of communication between various law enforcement agencies on the ground at the time. This miscommunication led to a failure in letting protesters know that the park was to be cleared, according to the report.

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