In August, Major Adam DeMarco described such preparations-including the failure of officials to obtain loudly announced devices to warn protesters to disperse-and in his August letter, he responded to follow-up questions. The officials’ efforts at the beginning of the month. DeMarco, who claims to be one of the senior officials of the National Guard at the scene, ran for the Democrat of Maryland’s third congressional district in 2018.
DeMarco wrote that in his response, he stated that the Washington National Guard did not have this equipment, and to his knowledge, Lafayette Square had not used such sound equipment. When he considered buying acoustic equipment the next day, the National Guard of Washington, DC told him “they no longer seek” it.
Therefore, he wrote that the “warning dispersal” of the U.S. Park Service did not come from the system, but from the “red and white loudspeakers” used by DeMarco. In his personal testimony, he mentioned that even at 30 feet from the loudspeaker, “the warning is almost inaudible, I can only recognize a few words”, and the front line of the demonstrators is further away from the warning.
He also mentioned the transfer of weapons to the National Guard in Washington, DC on the afternoon of the protest, which he later learned contained “approximately 7,000 bullets.”
The Post reported that a Department of Defense official notified him of the incident, thereby minimizing DeMarco’s account, and asserted that emails inquiring about specific weapons were a conventional means of assessing available inventory. The official also told the newspaper that the federal police failed to obtain a heat ray device at the beginning of the demonstration.
DeMarco’s attorney David Laufman questioned this feature on Wednesday. He said: “Inquiring whether heat rays can be used against American citizens who exercise their First Amendment rights, there is no ‘conventional’.”
When attending a committee meeting in June, DeMarco testified that tear gas was actually used-contrary to official statements by federal officials.
On the contrary, Gregory Monahan, the acting head of the US Park Police, testified at the time that tear gas was not used, but his testimony indicated that he defined tear gas as a special gas called CS gas.
This story has been updated and includes more detailed information.
CNN’s Manu Raju, Gregory Wallace and Jamie Crawford contributed to this report.