DC ACLU fumes after Federal Judge tosses their claims against Trump in Lafayette Square event

The ACLU of DC as not pleased after U.S. District Judge Dabney L. Friedrich tossed their lawsuit against former President Trump and former AG William Barr over the clearing of Lafayette Square last June.

The ACLU tweeted in response.

BREAKING: Today, a federal judge dismissed our lawsuit that held federal officers accountable for attacking Lafayette Square Park protestors with tear gas, rubber bullets, and flash bombs on June 1, 2020.

Like our Legal Director Scott Michelman says: this ruling essentially gives the federal government a green light to use violence, including lethal force against demonstrators, as long as federal officials claim to be protecting national security.

Not only is this result a stunning rejection of our constitutional values and protestors’ First Amendment rights, but it opens the door for future violence at the hands of the federal government and effectively places federal officials above the law.

We’ll be evaluating our legal options to ensure protestors are protected and cannot be attacked at the whim of a federal official. For our full statement: