The Attorney General of the United States personally issued an order for peaceful protesters to be moved ahead of President Donald Trump’s recent walk outside the White House grounds, a report said on Tuesday.
A Justice Department official confirmed to The Washington Post that Attorney General William Barr gave the order when he was seen outside the White House prior to the president’s walk to St. John’s Episcopal Church.
But on Monday, a White House spokesperson had denied that the protesters were moved to accommodate the president.
“The perimeter was expanded to help enforce the city’s 7 p.m. curfew in the same area where rioters attempted to burn down one of our nation’s most historic churches the night before,” Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere told ABC News. “Protesters were given three warnings by the U.S. Park Police.”
NOTE: Our reporters covering the protests spotted AG Barr in Lafayette Park at around 6:10pm. Law enforcement started to clear out the park with gas and rubber bullets at about 6:35pm
— Sara Cook (@saraecook) June 2, 2020
NEW: Attorney General Bill Barr releases statement on protests in Washington, D.C., saying, "there will be even greater law enforcement resources and support in the region tonight." https://t.co/BfX8QRDAYd pic.twitter.com/VrTADbjYe7
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) June 2, 2020
Mask-free UFC fighter punches and hurls racial slurs at older man for ‘touching’ him at restaurant
UFC fighter Mike Perry was seen on video punching an older man for allegedly touching him. Perry, who is white, can also be heard using the N-word multiple times.
According to ESPN, the incident occurred at Table 82 in Lubbock, Texas on Wednesday.
In a video shared on social media, Perry appears irate as he is ushered out of the restaurant.
Lubbock police officers who arrived on the scene declined to arrest Perry but said that an investigation into the incident is ongoing.
‘All lives matter’: Church hangs ‘no trespassing’ sign above Black woman for sitting in the grass
Officials at a California church were accused this week of harassing a Black woman who was sitting in the grass on the property.
A Facebook post claimed that the incident occurred at St. Paul's First Lutheran Church in North Hollywood.
"My friend Alex was sitting under a tree in the shade when this happened," the post explained. "This is deeply disturbing and contrary to Lutheran values and basic human decency."
A video shared by Chris Macke shows a man, who is presumably a Church official, hanging a "no trespassing" sign on a tree above where the woman is sitting.
Video catches woman claiming to be ‘doctor’ refusing to wear mask at Costco: ‘Do you understand science?’
A woman who claimed to be a doctor was chastised for not wearing a mask at a Costco store.
Video of the incident was shared on Twitter on Tuesday.
In the video, a man encourages the woman to put on her mask, which she is holding in her hand. The woman's elderly mother also appears mask-free in the video.
"Call the police," the woman says in a mocking tone. "Shame me like an ass, go ahead."
"You can put it on right now, ma'am," the cameraman insists.
"I'll do that when I'm ready," she replies. "Do you understand science?"
"Science?" the man remarks. "Maybe better than you do. Apparently, I'm the one protecting other people by wearing a mask."