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Federal lawmakers hold hearing on use of force against protesters near Lafayette Square in DC

The incident ended with President Donald Trump’s now-infamous photo op in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church.

WASHINGTON — A House committee is holding a hearing on Monday to investigate why federal police officers violently removed protesters near Lafayette Square earlier this month.

The incident ended with President Donald Trump’s now infamous photo op in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church.

The hearing is the first congressional investigation into what happened.

Representatives are hoping to get to the bottom of the decision to use force that day and why the police crackdown happened in the first place.

Flash bangs, tear gas, and a violent use of force was a part of the scene outside of Lafayette Square near the White House on June 1 as U.S. Park Police officers forcibly moved peaceful protesters out of the area.

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Moments later, Trump was escorted through the park to St. John’s Episcopal Church where he took a picture holding a bible.

Credit: AP
President Donald Trump holds a Bible as he visits outside St. John's Church across Lafayette Park from the White House Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. Park of the church was set on fire during protests on Sunday night. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The move that has sparked controversy and criticism.

The House Committee on Natural Resources is holding a hearing on the incident at noon.

It's expected to include testimony from an injured protester, the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, and Australian journalists who were attacked by law enforcement during the chaos.

A committee spokesperson told WUSA9 the U.S. Park Police acting director was invited to testify, but declined.

The hearing will be available to watch live on Facebook and YouTube.

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