Justice Department Settles Protestor Lawsuits

Use of force results in updated police policy.

The Justice Department recently announced that they had settled four civil cases surrounding the events of June 1, 2020. On that day, President Trump directed U.S. Park Police to clear Black Lives Matter protesters from around the White House so he and other officials could cross to St. John’s Church. Because of the use of force displayed against protesters that day, the Justice Department partially settled the cases by ordering State Park Police and the Secret Service to update and clarify their policies around lawful demonstrations.

“The federal government is committed to the highest standards for protecting civil rights and civil liberties in any federal law enforcement response to public demonstrations,” said Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta. “These changes to agency policies for protest responses will strengthen our commitment to protecting and respecting constitutionally protected rights.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For U.S. Park Police as they update training and policy in compliance with the DOJ.
  • For Justice Department attorneys as they gather evidence, present, and settle cases.
  • For discernment Associate Attorney General Gupta as she fulfills her role.

Sources: The Hill, Reuters


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