Harris: Trump 'just tear-gassed peaceful protesters for a photo op'

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisWant to improve vaccine rates? Ask for this endorsement Biden celebrates anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act Will Pence primary Trump — and win? MORE (D-Calif.) accused President TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit MORE of firing tear gas at peaceful protesters “for a photo op.” 

“Donald Trump just tear-gassed peaceful protesters for a photo op,” Harris tweeted Monday. 

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Several loud bangs echoed before Trump took the podium in the Rose Garden as law enforcement fired tear gas into a crowd of peaceful protesters. 

Trump then walked from the White House to St. John’s Church and held up a Bible as he took pictures with staff. 

As Trump spoke in the Rose Garden, hundreds of people were gathered just outside Lafayette Park across the street from the White House to protest for the fourth consecutive night as part of the nationwide demonstrations that have sprung up in response to George Floyd’s death. 

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) instituted a citywide curfew to go into effect at 7 p.m. Monday, following outbreaks of violent demonstrations across the capital the night before. 

Floyd died last week in Minneapolis police custody after an officer knelt on his neck for several minutes. The officer, Derek Chauvin, was fired and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Three other officers were fired but not charged.