Turley Testifies On The Lafayette Park Controversy [Updated]

downloadThis afternoon, I am testifying on the hearing on the controversy surrounding the clearing of Lafayette Park on June 1, 2020.  I was called to appear to address the underlying legal and constitutional standards governing such mass demonstrations.  For roughly 14 years, I was one of the lead counsels in the World Bank litigation that helped establish guidelines and case law governing such operations.  I have been critical of the force used to clear the park as well as the attack on a team of Australian journalists covered the protests.

The operation to clear the Park began two days before with the plan to install fencing.  By Monday, a small barrier was in place around the park itself and the clearing operation was to push back the crowd to a perimeter to allow the higher fencing to be installed beyond the range of debris or objects.  The crowd was pushed back to I St. from H St. by the line of officers.  (The hearing title and the testimony refers to the “Lafayette Park” or “Lafayette Square Park” generally.  In fact, the immediate park was closed off and we are discussing the operation to clear the area for the installation of the higher fence).

As I state in the testimony, I believe the order to clear the area would be found lawful. It is the level of force (and a charging of the line of officers) that is likely to be the focus of any court.  I still do not see the need for this level of force in the use of batons and pepper spray.

I have attached my testimony below.

The hearing went until after 2 pm.

I will be appearing as the sole Republican witnesses with three witnesses from the protests:

Kishon McDonald
Civil Rights Demonstrator
Amelia Brace
U.S. Correspondent
Seven News Australia
Right Rev. Mariann Budde
Episcopal Diocese of Washington

The oversight hearing of the Committee on Natural Resources is scheduled for June 29, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. (EDT) in room 1324 Longworth (Hearing Room) and online via Cisco WebEx video conference platform.  It is titled, The U.S. Park Police Attack on Peaceful Protesters at Lafayette Square.

Here is the testimony: Turley.House. Testimony.Lafayette Park

214 thoughts on “Turley Testifies On The Lafayette Park Controversy [Updated]”

  1. Honestly, banter is better than the usual trash here on Jonathan Turley’s dump…

  2. Once Honest, you should have used the time to study English.

    I have never been out to the dump.

    1. DB– so what were you doing in the dump? I’ll go first. When I was a teenager, my friend and I (we had no hunting license) used to hunt rabbits at night with a light in a city dump in Florida. There, I’ve confessed three misdemeanors. Your turn.

  3. Going thru these comments is akin to poking around in the county dump hoping to find something, anything, of value.

    1. I agree. It’s always awful to see the retarded comments by liberals. Real dumpster fire.

  4. Kimberly Strassel writes and putting an end to the silly arguments of CTHD and Anon

    Judging FBI Conduct
    The D.C. Circuit becomes the first court to acknowledge the FBI’s 2016 abuse.

    “Largely overlooked was the decision’s rebuke of the FBI and the Mueller team. The D.C. Circuit became the first federal court to acknowledge the misconduct that Attorney General William Barr is trying to bring to light. Most of the courts that oversaw Mr. Mueller’s prosecutions were asked to do no more than rubber-stamp a plea deal or sign off on a jury verdict. But Mr. Flynn, backed by tenacious lawyer Sidney Powell, fought the charges—forcing the Justice Department to review its actions, acknowledge its bad acts, and move to dismiss its case. Democrats and the press cast this outcome as evidence of Mr. Barr’s “politicization.” The circuit court begs to differ.”

    Full article follows:

  5. I like the couple in St. Louis who came out of their house with guns to greet the protesters.

    1. Thank you Allan!…..Those people interviewed have more natural common sense than Nancy Pelosi and the Schumer, et al, could ever hope to have. It’s so refreshing to hear.

      1. Thanks Cindy. Common sense and decency is replaced by anti-Americanism in the Democrat Party.

  6. CTHD, Hellvis, Anon and a few others seem to like violent protest. They will absolutely love this video.

      1. Totally. Nothing like 2 enraged white people awkwardly handling weapons on the maniicured lawn of their mansion to really make a point.

        1. Hellvis if you decide to break through the gates of my home you will be happy to see that we are better armed and look more professional. However, if you watched the video you would have noted that the two of them were outnumbered by younger and probably much stronger people. Those people entered vandalizing property but they left quietly when faced with resistance. Perhaps they will go instead to your doors and ransack your house and perhaps do damage to your loved ones. Is that what you are looking for?

          1. Allan, I will never be breaking into your home. But if I did, you’d never see me until it was way too late for you.

            1. First you have to get through the gates. The dogs are hungry. If you can’t figure out how to illegally enter they will figure it out for you.

                1. Girlie Man, guns are legal as are dogs. Trespassers are not and if they wish to do my family harm I will protect them. It seems from your comment that if you have a wife and you will run away and let them defend themselves.

                    1. Hellvis, you are repeating yourself. Why don’t you tell me what you don’t understand from my previous statement.

                      “Girlie Man, guns are legal as are dogs. Trespassers are not and if they wish to do my family harm I will protect them. It seems from your comment that if you have a wife and you will run away and let them defend themselves.”

                      Maybe cowardice prevents you from responding to what was said.

      2. absurd x– Tucker Carlson is reporting that the St. Louis DA is charging this couple with unnecessarily pointing a weapon at peaceful demonstrators. In case you were wondering, since taking office in 2017 there has been a huge drop in the prosecution of criminal cases by her office, something like 7,000 to 1,000. She is black and based on her decision to charge two white people for trying to protect their property and themselves from a crowd that broke down the gate to their private property and that was advancing and yelling how they were going to burn and kill, she is a bigot. These are the people that democrats in big cities have elected to high office for decades and now they are determined to do the same with the presidency. A great and powerful country always rots from within.


          but if not, They WILL go to trial. They are trial lawyers and they have cojones.

          They WILL be able to present evidence that the “protesters” were tresspassing and broke and entered to the private street via a wrecked iron gate.

          The Jury WILL find reasonable doubt and acquit

          If they go to jail they WILL BE BIGGER HEROES THAN THEY ALREADY ARE



          1. Mr. Kurtz– I know that in 2018 George Soros and some of his organizations put big dollars into the campaigns of local district attorneys, contributions made in the last reporting period so they would not be made public until after the elections. The St. Louis DA is not on the one list I saw but I wonder if she is one of the “progressive” DAs that Soros and his cronies have been quietly trying to put in office. On the other hand, maybe I’ve started wearing a tinfoil hat.

            1. If you want to see the story of Soros and his funding of District Attorney races..speed ahead to San Franciscio where Chesa Boudin is the newly elected DA. Boudin is the only offspring of convicted Cop Killer Kathy Boudin, who, after she served her prison term is currently an adjunct professor at Columbia University. Chesa is the adopted son of Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dorn, from Underground Weatherman fame. Then, check out the story where Chesa Boudin, quashes the charges against the homeless, burglar so that he can be a witness against the cops that were called to his home invasion and ended up shooting him. You can’t make this stuff up.

        2. ” she is a bigot”

          Time for that statement to her and others to be repeated over and over again. We have to be more aggressive since passiveness is permitting fascists and anarchists to cause harm to the nation.

          1. Allan, I agree with you when you repeatedly tell me the contours of your idiocy on this blog. No need to go to 1st grade humor to prove it further.

            1. Hellvis for your statement to have any bite you have to have credibility. Go back to your mirror and marvel at the dunderhead looking back at you.

                1. It’s amazing how Hellvis can’t debate a single point. He always has to seek out a generalized argument written by another. How does this help your case? It doesn’t because it doesn’t prove anything or back you up.

                  Back to the oil, Russia, eonomy discussion where once again you made generalized comments that were wrong and dumb. You couldn’t defend your arguements so you ran away. I guess you are the Girlie Man Arnold Schwarzenegger referred to years back.

                  OK Girlie Man keep spewing out garbage and then run away Girlie Man.

                  1. Girlie Man Hellvis, it was Svelaz who made the Trump / Obama comparison I was referring to. My error, sorry. It sometimes gets difficult separating the stupidity seen on this blog.

                    1. Girlie man, what is the difference between you, Hellvis, and Svelaz. Both are aliases substituting for another alias. Both make remarks they cannot defend and both run away. There is really no signifcant difference between the two and I am not going to try to figure out whose remarks are dumber.

                    2. Allan storms off in a cloud of deflection, avoidance and incoherence.

                    3. “Allan storms off in a cloud of deflection, avoidance and incoherence.”

                      Hellvis, why don’t you quote a sentence that you don’t understand and I will explain it to you. Stop acting like a Girlie Man.

      1. Amen! Although I do think the chick should have had an AR15 too. The revolvers are for close in combat. Also, did you see the pictures of the insides of their home??? These people have serious money, and they should have gone ahead and bought more firepower than that. Plus, give me a 30 round AK47 for home defense. Easy to switch magazines and they scare the heck out of people. Also, they should have had tactical knives strapped to them in case it got hand to hand. Other than that though, I love it! I hope BLM does the same thing in the Hamptons, Cape Cod, Marin County, Beverly Hills, the nice parts of Chicago, and the whole area around D.C.

        That’ll wake up some white folks, and I don’t mean “woke” waked. I mean real waked!

        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

        1. Squeeky, I keep hearing about the inside of their home. Do you have an http where I can take a look?

        2. Squeeky – I bet the couple will be out on the range tonight. 🙂 She was waving around that pistol so much I thought she was going to shoot her husband. 😉

          1. They’re preparing their defense team of lawyers, rearranging their finances, setting up additional security, and hiring a PR team.

            Trust me i look at these two and I see the the “anarcho tyranny” experts have picked a hard target. Hail the McCloskeys!


            We need ten thousand more McCloskeys ready for July 4. You can bet the freaks are going to be out in force. Be armed, be organized, and be rested. It’s gonna be a hot weekend

            1. Cindy Bragg – we will see who they support after all this is over. 😉 A conservative is a liberal just waiting to be mugged. And they got mugged. And vilified by the BLM.

              1. I suspect when they see how MSNBC and CNN covered their defense of their lives and home they may get a feel for what it has been like for President Trump. Sort of like that Harley rider who saved a little girl at the zoo by hitting a lion on the nose to keep it from dragging her into its cage. When the reporter found out he was a marine, a Republican and supported Trump, the headline read: “U.S. Marine assaults African immigrant and steals his lunch.” Somebody swore to me that was a true story. I think it was Benson.

        3. Squeeky……I’m impressed with all you have to defend your home. So I have to ask ” Won’t you be my neighbor?!
          Seriously…I’m envious!

  7. The MSM has always been the enemy.


    Washington Post Editor Karen Attiah Calls For ‘Revenge’ Against ‘White Women’

    The Global Opinions Editor’s comments have since been slammed as “racist” and “violent.”

    The Global Opinions Editor for the Washington Post suggested that “white women are lucky that we are just calling them ‘Karen’s’. And not calling for revenge,” in a now-deleted tweet on Sunday. The editor — whose name is Karen Attiah — never clarified what kind of “revenge” she was encouraging.

    She also blamed the “lies and tears” of white women for everything from a 1921 race massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma to voting for President Trump, in screenshots of her tweets posted by the Washington Examiner’s Jerry Dunleavy.

    Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, slammed Attiah’s words as “sick, bigoted, racist, violent & wrong.”

    The “global opinions” editor of WaPo says we are “lucky” she’s not “calling for revenge” against white women.

    This is sick, bigoted, racist, violent & wrong.

    — Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 29, 2020

    Others on Twitter interpreted her tweet as a call for race-based violence. Matt Walsh of the Daily Wire asked Attiah to clarify what she meant by “revenge.”

    “When that white woman was beaten with two by fours during the riots… is that what you mean by ‘revenge’ or did you have something more fatal in mind?” Walsh tweeted in a reply to Attiah. Attiah refused to respond, instead deleting her original claims.

    When that white woman was beaten with two by fours during the riots… is that what you mean by “revenge” or did you have something more fatal in mind? Please clarify

    — Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) June 29, 2020

    This also isn’t the first time Attiah has directed critical comments at the generalized audience of white people. On June 17, she tweeted “white people, you guys need to figure this out how to erase the emotional rewards of sadistic pleasure white people have long enjoyed in dominating and destroying black bodies.”

    Perhaps now, what we finally see is a collective white shame and guilt about these cruelties.

    So white people, you guys need to figure this out how to erase the emotional rewards of sadistic pleasure white people have long enjoyed in dominating and destroying black bodies.

    — Karen Attiah (@KarenAttiah) June 17, 2020

    Attiah also appeared in an article on Sunday reacting to the Washington Post’s decision not to submit her work for a Pulitzer Prize and lamenting that the decision “stung.”

    1. Being a malicious propagandist is a job Americans just won’t do. MOAR immigration.

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