US Park Police said using "tear gas" in a statement was a "mistake." It just used the term again. - 2020-06-05
A US Park Police spokesperson said Friday in an interview it was a "mistake" to insist in a statement on Tuesday that the agency didn't use tear gas the day before in a Washington, DC, park to disperse a crowd ahead of President Donald Trump's photo op, explicitly noting that pepper balls shot by officials irritate the eyes and cause tears.
"The point is we admitted to using what we used," Sgt. Eduardo Delgado said. "I think the term 'tear gas' doesn't even matter anymore. It was a mistake on our part for using 'tear gas' because we just assumed people would think CS or CN," two common forms of tear gas.
But then, shortly before 4 pm, Park Police acting Chief Gregory Monahan walked back from the spokesperson's comments and used the "tear gas" phrase again. "United States Park Police officers and other assisting law enforcement partners did not use tear gas or OC Skat Shells to close the area at Lafayette Park in response to violent protestors," he said, referencing a type of canister found on the scene.