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Federal officers stockpiled semi-automatic rifles and tried to obtain a controversial ‘heat ray’ ahead of tear-gassing protesters for Trump’s photo-op, a whistleblower says

  • Federal law enforcement officers stocked up on semi-automatic rifles hours before forcefully clearing protesters from Lafayette Square in Washington, DC, according to whistleblower testimony obtained by The Washington Post.
  • Officers also unsuccessfully sought to obtain a controversial “heat ray” that can cause second-degree burns, according to the testimony, which was submitted to lawmakers by a top DC National Guard officer.
  • His account contradicts previous claims by the Trump administration that protesters were violent, that officers didn’t use tear gas, and that they issued legally required warnings to protesters to disperse, according to The Post.
  • In early June, federal officers used tear gas and rubber pellets to clear peaceful protesters from the park so President Donald Trump could take a photo at a church near the White House.
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On June 1, federal law enforcement officers used tear gas, rubber pellets, and other aggressive tactics to remove protesters from Lafayette Square in Washington, DC, so President Donald Trump could have his photo taken in front of a church near the White House.

Hours before that,

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