In the now infamous encounter in the front of the White House, the United States Secret Service is now walking back its earlier denial of the use of pepper spray to disperse the protesters.
“The U.S. Secret Service on Saturday reversed its denial that no agents used tear gas or pepper spray June 1 to remove protesters near the White House,” reported Fox News. “The park clearing has come under intense criticism and the focus of a lawsuit from activists who allege law enforcement violated their constitutional rights to demonstrate against George Floyd’s death.”
“After further review, the U.S. Secret Service has determined that an agency employee used pepper spray on June 1st, during efforts to secure the area near Lafayette Park,” the Secret Service said in its official statement. “The employee utilized oleoresin capsicum spray, or pepper spray, in response to an assaultive individual.”
Secret Service Statement: pic.twitter.com/hsocyFntAl
— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) June 13, 2020
Previously, the Secret Service had claimed “no agency personnel” used capsicum spray or tear gas when breaking up the protesters for security reasons.
To read more about the Secret Service’s statement, click here.