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Trump claims the pepper balls and smoke canisters police fired at peaceful protesters aren't tear gas. The CDC disagrees.

Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators shooting tear gas next to St. John's Episcopal Church outside of the White House, June 1, 2020.Jose Luis Magana/Getty Images
  • President Donald Trump and his administration have repeatedly insisted that law enforcement did not use tear gas on peaceful protesters outside the White House on Monday evening. 
  • But copious video footage, photographs, and dozens of witness accounts from protesters and reporters on the ground say otherwise.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines the pepper compound the US Park Service says it used on Monday's protest as a form of tear gas, also known as "riot control agent." 
  • But the Trump campaign told Insider the pepper balls used to dispel the crowd don't qualify as tear gas, despite the CDC's designation. 
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President Donald Trump and his administration have repeatedly insisted that law enforcement did not use tear gas on peaceful protesters who were violently dispelled outside the White House shortly after the president called on states to "dominate" protesters with "overwhelming force."
But copious video footage, photographs, and dozens of witness accounts from protesters and reporters on the ground say otherwise. In fact, US Park Police later acknowledged they deployed "smoke canisters" and "pepper balls" as they advanced on the crowd, forcing hundreds of protesters and bystanders out of the square.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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