The ACLU is calling for a special prosecutor to be appointed to review the removal of protesters in front of the White House.
According to The Hill:
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) called Tuesday for an independent special prosecutor to investigate the aggressive clearing of protesters in front of the White House on June 1, an incident that immediately preceded President Trump‘s photo-op at a nearby church.
The ACLU sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr calling him and “all other officials involved” in the removal of protesters from Lafayette Square to recuse themselves from a probe into the incident and appoint a special counsel to prosecute “any federal criminal violations of protesters’ constitutional rights.”
Law enforcement officials utilized tear gas, flash bang grenades and rubber bullets to clear the square of protesters, who were demonstrating against police brutality exactly one week after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.
Authorities have said some of the protesters in front of the White House were throwing bottles and other objects at officers, but reporters on the scene said they did not see escalation from protesters.
President Trump walked through the area minutes later. This timing could suggest that the backlash is political to the removal of the “protesters.”