Justice Department lawyers ask federal judge to prosecute former President Trump Former Attorney General William Barr and others cleared Lafayette Square of Black Lives Matter last June. by arguing that “The stability of the president is paramount.”
Washington, D.C. Chapters of the American Civil Liberties Association, the BLM, and other agencies. The lawsuit filed on behalf of the protesters who cleared the area on June 1, 2020, before Trump walked across the square and held a Bible in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church.
“No official has ever been denied immunity to clearing an area before the president’s appearance,” DOJ attorney John Martin told U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich on Friday.
Protesters argue that Trump, Bar and other officials Violated their civil rights by ordering US park police to use rubber bullets, grenades and tear gas to clear the area.
President Biden’s DOJ insists such measures are necessary.
“Federal officials did not violate First Amendment rights by moving protesters a few blocks away. Although most of the protesters were peaceful,” Martin said.
At the time, candidate Biden condemned Trump about the incident. by publishing a campaign ad accusing him “Afraid to look too weak” in the face of protests over George’s killing Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.