DOJ Settles Case over Lafayette Square Protests

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    The Facts

    • The US Justice Dept. announced on Wed. that they have reached a settlement with protestors who sued the government after they were forcefully removed from Lafayette Sq. in Jun. 2020.

    • The settlement agreement includes an overhaul of police practices in Washington to ensure that officers only employ force as a last resort.

    The Spin

    Left narrative

    Authorities' response to the protest was an aggressive assault on fundamental American freedoms and constitutional rights. This settlement marks a significant step by the Biden administration in protecting the civil liberties of those who protest peacefully.

    Right narrative

    This settlement amounts to little. It doesn't make any admission of liability, nor does it admit to any accusations made by the plaintiffs involved. These policy changes are purely motivated by the Biden administration's desire to conclude ongoing lawsuits.

    Political split



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