Trump’s War Against U.S. Citizens
D.C. National Guard Maj. Adam D. DeMarco told lawmakers that defense officials were searching for crowd-control technology deemed too unpredictable to use in war zones and had authorized the transfer of about 7,000 rounds of ammunition to the D.C. Armory as protests against police use of force and racial injustice roiled Washington.
That’s according to a sworn testimony that was published in the Washington Post this week.
The Trump Administration has long made claims that there was violent activity in Lafayette Square on June 1st. But they never offered any evidence.
DeMarco’s testimony also says that munitions and other military weapons were requested by U.S. Park Police hours before the incident took place.
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Just before noon on June 1, the Defense Department’s top military police officer in the Washington region sent an email to officers in the D.C. National Guard. It asked whether the unit had a Long Range Acoustic Device, also known as an LRAD, or a microwave-like weapon called the Active Denial System, which was designed by the military to make people feel as if their skin is burning when in range of its invisible rays.
Major Adam DeMarco, who is with the D.C. National Guard, testifies under the Military Whistleblower Protection Act about the forcible removal of protesters from Lafayette Park on June 1 and the use of tear gas canisters pepperballs to disperse protesters prior to the arrival of President Trump. He says that he found it “deeply disturbing” and that demonstrators were “behaving peacefully” before being advanced upon by law enforcement.