Daily Archives: June 2, 2020

‘Baffling and Reprehensible’: Trump’s Visit to DC Shrine Draws Protests, Criticism by Archbishop

President Donald Trump faced a second day of criticism by religious leaders in Washington, D.C., as he briefly visited holy sites while protests following the killing of George Floyd continue to rock the city.  Trump and first lady Melania Trump visited the Saint John Paul II National Shrine on Tuesday, laying a red, white and blue wreath. Washington Archbishop Wilton…

Confederate Statue in Old Town Alexandria Taken Down

The statue of a Confederate soldier that stood in the center of an intersection in Old Town Alexandria was removed early Tuesday.  Photos taken by Mayor Justin Wilson show a crew using a crane to take the statue off its pillar at Washington and Prince streets. Red straps wrap around its waist.  “Alexandria, like all great cities, is constantly changing…

White House Discussed Federalizing DC Police Force: Mayor’s Office

Protesters who took refuge in a stranger’s home after a confrontation with police streamed onto the streets of Northwest Washington, D.C., minutes after a curfew was lifted early Tuesday as primary election day arrived. Monday brought the fourth night of anti-police brutality and anti-racism demonstrations fueled by outrage over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. More than…

DC Mayor, Bishop Critical of President Trump’s Church Visit

D.C.’s mayor and the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington criticized President Donald Trump’s visit to a church near the White House for a photo op. Federal law enforcement cleared protesters out of the area with tear gas before Trump’s visit to St. John’s Church, which was set on fire Sunday as protesters clashed with police. Tear gas canisters…

DC Office of Police Complaints Applauds Local Officers’ Restraint Amid Provocation

Washington, D.C.’s Office of Police Complaints is applauding the early restraint shown by Metropolitan Police Department officers amid taunting and even physical provocation. The independent D.C. agency is tasked with investigating complaints against MPD officers and had only received about a half dozen protest-related complaints as of Monday afternoon. “When you look at the big picture and understand that there have…