Defense officials explored the use of “heat rays” and other extreme crowd-control tools hours before violently clearing out protesters from Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C., this June, a whistleblower told The Washington Post.
The federal forces had allegedly hoarded ammunition and searched for a military device, known as an Active Denial System, that emits invisible rays to make those nearby feel like their skin is burning.
Officers ultimately deployed tear gas, stun grenades and smoke bombs as they used physical force to clear the crowds from the square just north of the White House on June 1, according to the whistleblower, Army National Guard Maj. Adam DeMarco, who was at the scene.
President Trump then walked through the cleared-out park to briefly pose for photos outside St. John’s Church while holding a Bible.
DeMarco’s account, as the senior-most member of the DC National Guard on hand, was reportedly submitted as testimony to Congress as part of lawmakers’ investigation into