Just over a year ago today, America was enveloped in a massive racial awakening following the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police department.
Floyd was killed by officer Derek Chauvin, as the cop knelt on the deceased’s neck for nearly 9 minutes as Floyd pleaded for air.
Protests sprung up immediately from coast to coast, (and around the world), and the streets of Washington DC were soon filled with demonstrators seeking racial justice. In the midst of this protest, law enforcement deployed tear gas to clear certain areas of Lafayette Square – across from the White House – and then-President Donald Trump soon making his way over to the area for a photo shoot.
For a year now, the mainstream media has suggested that Trump ordered the protesters to be gassed for this PR stunt. We learned this week that this was not true.
An internal government investigation has determined that the decision to forcibly clear racial justice protesters from an area in front of the White House last summer was not influenced by then-President Donald Trump’s plan to stage a Bible-toting photo opportunity at that spot.
The report released Wednesday by the Interior Department’s inspector generalconcludes that the protesters were cleared by U.S. Park Police last June 1 so that a contractor could get started installing new fencing.
The demonstrators were protesting the death of George Floyd, who died after a then-Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck and pinned him to the ground for about 9 1/2 minutes. A half-hour after the Washington protesters were forced from the area with pepper pellets and flash-bangs, Trump walked across Lafayette Park amid the lingering scent of pepper spray and delivered a short speech while holding a Bible in front of St. John’s Church.
The plan to clear the park had already been turned to action by the time that authorities learned of the presidential visit, making it undeniably impossible for the acts to have been coordinated.