Federal officials stockpiled munitions, sought 'heat ray' device before clearing Lafayette Square, whistleblower says - 2020-09-17

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F43.png Federal officials stockpiled munitions, sought 'heat ray' device before clearing Lafayette Square, whistleblower says September 17, 2020, Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post

Hours before law enforcement forcibly cleared protesters from Lafayette Square in early June amid protests over the police killing of George Floyd, federal officials began to stockpile ammunition and seek devices that could emit deafening sounds and make anyone within range feel as if their skin was on fire, according to an Army National Guard major who was there.

D.C. National Guard Maj. Adam D. DeMarco told lawmakers that defense officials were searching for crowd-control technology deemed too unpredictable to use in war zones and had authorized the transfer of about 7,000 rounds of ammunition to the D.C. Armory as protests against police use of force and racial injustice roiled Washington.

In sworn testimony, shared this week with The Washington Post, DeMarco provided his account as part of an ongoing investigation into law enforcement and military officers' use of force against D.C. protesters.

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{{cite news | first = Marissa J. | last = Lang | title = Federal officials stockpiled munitions, sought 'heat ray' device before clearing Lafayette Square, whistleblower says | url = https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-protest-lafayette-square/2020/09/16/ca0174e4-f788-11ea-89e3-4b9efa36dc64_story.html | work = Washington Post | date = September 17, 2020 | accessdate = September 18, 2020 }}