Secret Service: Officer used pepper spray on ‘assaultive individual’ before Trump walk

Secret Service: Officer used pepper spray on ‘assaultive individual’ before Trump walk
Police use smoke canisters and flashbangs to disperse crowd from Lafayette Square in D.C. 1 June 2020. The Hill video, YouTube

[Ed. – NBC’s headline leaves the false impression that the USSS used pepper spray as a general crowd control measure.  That’s not what the USSS said.  It said one officer used it to repel one individual, who was described as “assaultive.”  The tally so far: U.S. Park Service statement, made 2 June and never altered, that pepper balls were used earlier in the day (1 June), which turned out to be a measure to back protesters up from Lafayette Square in accordance with a decision made the previous day (31 May, per Bill Barr); and one Secret Service officer using hand-held pepper spray on one person.  The truth matters; what matters just as much is that it would have been fine to clear the square just so the president could walk across it.  No no-go zones in USA.]

“On June 5, the U.S. Secret Service released information that the agency had concluded that no agency personnel used tear gas or capsicum spray during efforts to secure the area near Lafayette Park on Monday, June 1, based on the record and information available at that time,” the Secret Service said in a statement shared on Twitter.

“Since that time, the agency has learned that one agency employee used capsicum spray (i.e., pepper spray) during that effort,” the statement continued.

The Secret Service said that the agent used pepper spray “in response to an assaultive individual.”

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