Major Adam DeMarco described such preparations – including the failure to acquire a vigorous announcement device for protesters warning officers to disperse – after replying in an August letter to the federal Testified before the June Committee on Natural Resources of the House. Efforts of officers earlier that month. DeMarco, who described himself as one of the senior National Guard officers, ran as a Democrat in Maryland’s 3 Congressional Districts in 2018.
DeMarco wrote that he replied that the DC National Guard had neither the device nor, to his knowledge, any such acoustic equipment was used in Lafayette Square. When they focused on acquiring acoustic equipment the next day, the DC National Guard told them that they no longer wanted it.
He also cited an arms transfer to the DC National Guard on the afternoon of the protests, which he later learned was “about 7,000 rounds of ammunition”.
An Defense Department official briefed on the case that DeMarco’s account had been diluted, the Post reported, and said emails inquiring about the particular weapons were routine in assessing available inventory. The officer also stated on paper that the federal police failed to obtain a heat ray device early in the demonstrations in the city.
DeMarco’s attorney David Loughman on Wednesday disputed the character-portrayal, stating that “anything about questioning American citizens about the availability of Heat Ray to exercise their First Amendment rights’ routine. ‘Don’t. ”
In his appearance before the committee in June, DeMarco testified that tear gas was indeed used – contrary to the official account of federal officials.
In contrast, US Park Police chief executive Gregory Monahan testified at the time that tear gas was not used, but his testimony suggested that she defines tear gas as a particular type of gas called Is called CS gas.
This story has been updated with additional details.
CNN’s Manu Raju, Gregory Wallace and Jamie Crawford contributed to this report.