Bill Barr Insists That ‘Pepper Spray Is Not a Chemical Irritant’
Attorney General William Barr repeatedly defended on Sunday the violent show of force used by D.C. police last week to clear peaceful protesters from Lafayette Park moments before President Donald Trump’s photo-op at St. John’s Episcopal Church while playing semantics on the use of chemical munitions by law enforcement.
Brennan again pressed the attorney general on whether he thought it was appropriate for police to use tear gas and other munitions to disperse the crowd, causing Barr to try to play a semantics game.
“No, there were not chemical irritants,” he falsely proclaimed. “Pepper spray is not a chemical irritant. It’s not chemical.”
watch the clip above, via CBS News.