PHOTO-OP LIES: There Was No Tear Gas, Police Reacted To Escalating Protest
On Monday, we were told the White House had peaceful protesters tear-gassed so that President Trump could have a photo-op. The headlines included:
- Vanity Fair: ‘The White House Tear-Gassed Protesters So Trump Could Have a Photo-Op’
- The New York Times: ‘Protesters Dispersed With Tear Gas So Trump Could Pose at Church’
- The Washington Post: ‘Inside the push to tear-gas protesters ahead of a Trump photo’
The story spread across pro-Democrat social media, with many people claiming it was tear gas and unprovoked.
However, according to U.S. Park Police, who are the ones that allegedly fired the tear gas, they deny the reports and have released an official statement giving their side of the story.
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Official “Tear Gas” Statement
The U.S. Park Police released a statement explaining the events: “On Monday, June 1, the USPP worked with the United States Secret Service to have temporary fencing installed inside Lafayette Park. 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.”
None of the above was covered by the mainstream media. Only that peaceful protesters had been hit with tear gas so that the President could have a photo-op.
The statement continued: “To curtail the violence that was underway, the USPP, following established policy, issued three warnings over a loudspeaker to alert demonstrators on H Street to evacuate the area. Horse mounted patrol, Civil Disturbance Units, and additional personnel was used to clear the area. 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. Subsequently, the fence was installed.”
So, as civil disturbance increased, the police gave warning and used measures to disperse the protest, which was escalating in aggression.
The only question is: Who do we believe? The police, the mainstream media, or the people on the streets?
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Can Everyone Be Lying?
Some people, like former Director of National Security, Richard Grenell, who in one tweet stated that he knew the facts because he was there, also came out in support of the police, and wanted journalists involved in the lies to correct their reports:
In addition, others made the point that how could the police walk through the tear gas without masks?
Yet, we have people of faith like Rev. Gini Gerbasi, who was at the scene in D.C. speaking about how the protests were peaceful before the police acted.
The irony, on CNN’s video interview with Rev. Gini Gerbasi, the description reads: “Rev. Gini Gerbasi, the rector at St. John’s Episcopal Church of Georgetown, said she was at the scene when police fired smoke canisters and pepper balls to disperse the crowds so that President Donald Trump could walk over to the church and take photos.”
Clearly CNN knew it was smoke canisters and pepper balls being used, not tear gas.
Perhaps, the truth is that some part of the protests became hostile and the police reacted. In the fleeing that followed innocent people were hurt and the combination of smoke and pepper balls made people believe it was tear gas? We don’t know, we weren’t there, yet we do know it wasn’t tear gas as many reported. Plus, President Trump did not order the police action.
Watch some of the footage here. You can see police walking through smoke unhindered.
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