Federal Judge Dismisses 'Most' of Activists' Claims Against Trump Admin. in Clearing of Lafayette Square

Nick Kangadis | June 22, 2021
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The activist mobs that plagued former President Donald Trump’s tenure got a dose of their own medicine on Monday when a federal judge dismissed their claims that Trump, among others, violated their civil rights when they were removed from Lafayette Square in Washington D.C. hours before the then-president walked over to St. John’s Church for a “photo op” back in June 2020.

According to the Associated Press (AP):

U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich said Monday the claims in the suit, which alleged that Trump and then-Attorney General William Barr had conspired to violate the rights of protesters last June, were speculative and it was premature for the court to conclude whether the actions of law enforcement officers were justified.

Friedrich dismissed the claims against Barr and other federal officials, including the acting U.S. Park Police chief, Gregory Monahan, finding there wasn’t sufficient evidence to prove there was any agreement or plan to violate the rights of the protesters. The judge also said the law gives them immunity in civil litigation.

Friedrich’s decision comes almost two weeks after the Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report vindicating Trump. The report stated that “the evidence did not support a finding that the USPP [United States Park Police] cleared the park on June 1, 2020, so that then President Trump could enter the park.”

While activists never accept any responsibility and are rarely held accountable for their own actions — like lighting St. John’s on fire the night before the “photo op” — they still cry about others being held accountable for responding to their actions.

“We will always stand up for the rights of those peacefully demonstrating for racial justice, and this ruling sends the wrong message for police accountability efforts at a time when it is needed the most,” said Arthur Ago, the director of the criminal justice project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Police officers that violate the law should absolutely be held accountable for their actions. But I don’t hear very many — if any at all — on the left call for accountability while crime is rising in pretty much every major, leftist-controlled city in the U.S.

They wanted the police defunded and embarrassed, while some even called and continue to call for the abolishment of police. Well, police have pulled back because they fear being fired for doing their jobs.

Sometimes when you make your bed, you have to lie in it.