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  • dc protests Jun 25

    Trump Asks for Toppled DC Confederate Statue To Be Put Back Up

    President Donald Trump personally requested that a statue of a Confederate general be put back up, less than a week after cheering protesters toppled it and set it on fire in a Washington, D.C., park, NBC News reports. Trump called Interior Sec. David Bernhardt and asked the Park Service to restore a statue of Brigadier General Albert Pike, two...

  • National Guard Jun 24

    400 DC National Guard Members Activated, on Standby to Protect Monuments

    Four hundred members of the D.C. National Guard are on standby in the capital, prepared to protect monuments if demonstrators target them again. The members were sent to the DC Armory and none had been sent to monuments, said LTC Chris Mitchell, a spokesman for the Pentagon, said early Wednesday afternoon. Protesters have demanded the removal of two statues...

  • Lafayette Square Jun 23

    Trump Threatens Prison Time for Vandalizing Monuments

    As anti-racism demonstrators vandalize and topple monuments across the country, the president is threatening arrests and prison time. He said he will soon issue an executive order to protect monuments. President Donald Trump said in tweets Tuesday that anyone who vandalizes a monument on federal land can be arrested and face as much as 10 years in prison. He said…

  • dc protests Jun 8

    Park Service Says Fence Near White House to Come Down

    The National Park Service is calling a newly erected fence in front of a White House protest area temporary. Park Service spokeswoman Katie Liming said Monday that her agency and the Secret Service expect to reopen part of Lafayette Park in front of the White House on Wednesday. Liming says some areas of the park will remain closed to allow…

  • George Floyd Jun 6

    DC Ceremonially Names Street to White House After Black Lives Matter; Emblazons Name on Road

    The city of Washington, D.C., is echoing a call for justice by ceremonially naming a road and painting an unmissable message on a street that leads to the White House: Black lives matter. A section of 16th Street in front of the White House is now ceremonially named Black Lives Matter Plaza, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Friday. Earlier,...

  • dc protests Jun 5

    DC Mayor, President Trump Spar Over Federal Forces on City Streets

    The clash between D.C.’s mayor and the president over federal troops on city streets has escalated.  As racial justice demonstrations continue in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, Mayor Muriel Bowser shared a letter Friday that she sent to President Donald Trump. She requested the withdrawal of “all extraordinary federal law enforcement and military presence from Washington,...

  • dc protests Jun 4

    No Arrests on Sixth Day of DC Protests Amid Large Military Presence

    Protests in Washington, D.C., over the death of George Floyd on Wednesday swelled to over 5,000 — the largest yet in the capital— without a single arrest, injury to a police officer or any damage to police property. “I had hoped to report on this today and thankfully I am,” D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said. “Moving forward over the…

  • dc protests Jun 4

    Army: Esper Reverses Plan to Send Active-Duty Troops Home

    In an abrupt reversal, Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday overturned an earlier Pentagon decision to send a couple hundred active-duty soldiers home from the Washington, D.C., region, amid growing tensions with the White House over the military response to the protests. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told The Associated Press that the reversal came after Esper attended a meeting...

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