Secret Service admits it used pepper spray to clear protesters prior to Trump photo op at St. John's Church - 2020-06-13
WASHINGTON – After saying it didn't, the Secret Service admitted Saturday it used pepper spray when it helped clear out Lafayette Square June 1 to allow for President Donald Trump's photo op in front of St. John's Church.
The agency last week announced none of their officers used tear gas or capsicum spray (another name for pepper spray). On Saturday, the agency charged with protecting presidents retracted that claim.
"After further review, the U.S. Secret Service has determined that an agency employee used pepper spray on June 1st, during efforts to secure the area near Lafayette Park " according to a statement the agency tweeted. "The employee utilized oleoresin capsicum spray, or pepper spray, in response to an assaultive individual."