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Federal officers stockpiled semi-automatic rifles and tried to obtain a controversial 'heat ray' ahead of tear-gassing protesters for Trump's photo-op, a whistleblower says

Posted On: Sep 17, 2020   |   Posted By: Business Insider

Federal officers stockpiled semi-automatic rifles and tried to obtain a controversial 'heat ray' ahead of tear-gassing protesters for Trump's photo-op, a whistleblower says

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On June 1, federal law enforcement officers used tear gas, rubber pellets, and other aggressive tactics to remove protesters from Lafayette Square in Washington, DC, so President Donald Trump could have his photo taken in front of a church near the White House.
Hours before that, officials were busy trying to stockpile semi-automatic rifles, thousands of rounds of munitions, and controversial crowd control technology, according to sworn testimony submitted to lawmakers by DC National Guard Maj. Adam DeMarco, The Washington Post and NPR both reported Wednesday.
The US National Guard and US Park Police could not immediately be reached for comment.
DeMarco, who was the senior-most DC National Guardsman on the ground on June 1, testified that a stash of M4 semi-automatic carbine rifles arrived at the DC Armory earlier that day, followed by "approximately 7,000 rounds" of 5.56mm and 7.62mm ammunition in the days following, including from states as far as Missouri and Tennessee, according to...

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