Virginia county pulls officers from DC after Trump photo-op

Posted at 5:27 AM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 05:27:46-04

ARLINGTON, Va. - A county in northern Virginia pulled its officers out of the District of Columbia after they helped clear peaceful protesters from a park so that President Donald Trump could have a photo opportunity outside the White House.

The Arlington County Board says its officers were used “for a purpose not worthy of our mutual aid obligations.” District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser questioned why Arlington officers were there in the first place.

County Board chair Libby Garvey said U.S. Park Police requested Arlington's assistance.

The officers joined federal law enforcers who used chemical agents and flash bangs to clear peaceful protesters from Lafayette Park so that Trump could pose with a Bible outside St. John’s Church.