The American Civil Liberties Union in Washington D.C. is going after Trump and Attorney General William Barr for their actions against protesters on Monday. The ACLU plans to sue the President for the use of tear gas against peaceful protesters in D.C.

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“The use of a chemical weapon was an inhumane violation of the First Amendment,” The ACLU tweeted on Thursday announcing the lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Black Lives Matter and the individual protesters.


“The President’s shameless, unconstitutional, unprovoked, and frankly criminal attack on protesters because he disagreed with their views shakes the foundation of our nation’s constitutional order,” said Scott Michelman, legal director, ACLU of the District of Columbia in a press release. “And when the nation’s top law enforcement officer becomes complicit in the tactics of an autocrat, it chills protected speech for all of us.”

On Monday, hundreds of people gathered near the White House to protest the police-involved shooting of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Prior to the 7 pm curfew, law enforcement forced protesters out of the area with the use of tear gas and rubber bullets.

The sudden removal of the protesters was to clear the way for President Trump to walk the short distance from The White House to the St. John’s Church for a photo op after the church caught fire during a previous protest.

Attorney General Barr and White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany who speaks on behalf of Trump both defended the actions against the protesters. McEnany also denied that police used tear gas at all despite video evidence.

CNN reported on Monday that Trump partially removed protesters to make the walk as a show of strength after being criticized for taking shelter in the White House bunker during the previous protest.