Anti-racism protesters tried to pull down a monument of Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, in a park near the White House before police intervened. https://t.co/oy3z685A61 pic.twitter.com/jXptDZCHKW
— ABC News (@ABC) June 23, 2020
Courtesy of CNN:
A confrontation between protesters and police in the park across the street from the White House on Monday evening led the US Secret Service to take the unusual step of ordering members of the White House press corps to immediately leave the grounds.
At one point, protesters in Lafayette Square tried to bring down a statue of former President Andrew Jackson that stands in the middle of the park before they were driven back by police officers. The square has been the site of largely peaceful protests that have been ongoing following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers.
The Washington Post reported that US Park Police clashed with the protesters and used pepper spray as part of their attempts to push them back. Some protesters responded by throwing objects at the police officers, the paper reported. The incident was apparently touched off by a police effort to clear tents out of a nearby street. Alexandra Picavet, a spokeswoman for the National Park Service, acknowledged that US Park Police worked with local police officers and the Secret Service to “prevent the destruction on the Andrew Jackson statue in Lafayette Park” and said the park was temporarily closed. She did not provide additional details about the police response, and CNN has reached out to the Metropolitan Police Department.
Several journalists, including two CNN employees, were told they had to leave the White House grounds immediately via the south side of the complex, which is not the normal entrance/exit for the press. Typically in security situations at the White House, the press corps is locked down inside the complex.
“On Monday evening, in response to the increasingly violent demonstrations in Lafayette Park, four members of the media were misdirected by the Secret Service to leave the White House grounds. The members of the press were rerouted to exits on the south side of the complex for their own safety,” a Secret Service spokesperson told CNN.
This is how the police dealt with the protesters when they arrived.
Holy shit police have learned absolutely nothing this is how they’re treating protesters outside the White House right now.
— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) June 23, 2020
There were also reports that the police once again used pepper spray to disperse the crowds.
So for all intents and purposes, people in DC are living in a police state.
Of course, we won’t be told this time but I think we can rest assured that Trump was comfortably ensconced in his bunker while all of this was going on. #bunkerbitch.