Legal professionals for the Division of Justice requested a federal decide to toss a lawsuit in opposition to former President Trump, former Lawyer Common William Barr and others for forcibly clearing Lafayette Sq. of Black Lives Matter protesters final June, arguing “presidential safety is paramount.”
The Washington, DC, chapters of the American Civil Liberties Affiliation, BLM and others introduced the swimsuit on behalf of protesters cleared from the world on June 1, 2020, earlier than Trump walked throughout the sq. and posed, Bible in hand, in entrance of St. John’s Episcopal Church.
“No officer has ever been denied immunity for clearing an space earlier than an look by the president,” DOJ lawyer John Martin instructed US District Courtroom Choose Dabney Friedrich Friday.
The demonstrators argue that Trump, Barr and different officers violated their civil rights by ordering the US Park Police to deploy rubber bullets, flash bang grenades and tear gasoline to clear the world.
President Biden’s DOJ contends that the measures have been needed.
“Federal officers don’t violate First Modification rights by shifting protesters a couple of blocks, even when the protesters are predominantly peaceable,” Martin stated.
On the time, candidate Biden blasted Trump over the incident, issuing a marketing campaign advert accusing him of being “afraid to look too weak” within the face of protests over the police custody homicide of George Floyd in Minneapolis.