At least 50 Secret Service agents injured, another 49 Park Police in just one day, by rioters outside of White House

Jun 6, 2020 | Riots

Apparently, the peaceful protestors outside the White House apparently weren’t so peaceful.

One fifth of the- there have been 750 officers hurt in the last week. One fifth of those have been in Washington, D.C. Most of those have been federal officers at Lafayette Park.”

Eliana Block, “Yes, at least 150 local and federal officers were injured during the first week of protests in DC,” WUSA9, June 11, 2020.

More than 50 Secret Service agents were injured, fires set by rioters blazed near the White House and authorities were searching for car bombs late Sunday as protests over the death of George Floyd continued to roil the capital just two days after President Trump had to be taken to a bunker for his safety.

A senior official in the direct chain of command for defending Washington D.C. told Fox News of the injuries to Secret Service agents, some of whom were hurt by rioters throwing bottles and Molotov cocktails in Lafayette Park, just across from the presidential residence. . . .

Associated Press, “At least 50 Secret Service agents injured by rioters,” PoliceOne.com, June 1, 2020.

But an investigation released this week by Interior Department IG Mark Lee Greenblatt says U.S. Park Police and the U.S. Secret Service deemed it necessary to remove protestors from the park on June 1, 2020, in order to install anti-scale fencing. The decision was reached after at least 49 U.S. Park Police (USPP) were injured while policing protests days earlier.

David Rutz, “Collapsed Lafayette Square narrative is yet another ‘fact-checked’ story gone bad,” Fox News, June 11, 2021.

U.S. Park Police did not clear Lafayette Park and the nearby area of protesters on June 1, 2020, so President Donald Trump could walk from the White House over to St. John’s Church, but learned of his interest in surveying the site hours after they already had begun planning to clear the area to put up new fencing, according to a new watchdog report.

Stephanie Ebbs and Benjamin Siegel, “Police did not clear Lafayette Square so Trump could hold ‘Bible’ photo op: Watchdog,” ABC News, June 10, 2021.

CBS News went so far as to edit out comments that Attorney General William Barr made about the violence of the protestors at Lafayette Park.

Left out of the interview that aired on CBS on Sunday morning was Barr’s detailed accounting of much of the violent context of that perimeter expansion, including that “bricks and inflammable liquid” were being thrown at police in Lafayette Square near the White House as rioters “were trying to get entry” over the fences, the five dozen officers guarding Lafayette Square who were “lost” the night prior in the violence, and the individuals who at the time of their forced dispersal “wrestled with the police officers trying to tear their shields from them, in one case, struggling to get one of the police officer’s guns.”

Some of the most colorful descriptions of the violence facing police officers at Lafayette Square were clumsily spliced out of the middle of Barr’s answers to questions. The rather important detail about a protester trying to get a police officer’s guns was simply removed from the end of the interview. These remarks were edited out of an interview in which Barr said media mantras about Park Police facing peaceful protesters were lies.

“They were not peaceful protesters. And that’s one of the big lies that the- the media is– seems to be perpetuating at this point,” Barr said . . .

Mollie Hemingway, “CBS Deceptively Edits Barr Interview, Leaving Out Key Details On Violent Riots, Police Oversight,” The Federalist, Monday, June 8, 2020

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