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Park Police Manage Large White House Demonstration

President's Park (White House)

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On Friday, February 20th, Park Police officers were assigned to a large demonstration in President’s Park. This demonstration involved participants from two groups concerned with issues in Sri Lanka. Both groups received permits to demonstrate on the Ellipse and in front of the north side of the White House. With conditions unstable in Sri Lanka at the time of the demonstration, including military action between both parties near Sri Lanka’s capital city of Colombo, the Park Police recognized the need to allow all parties to exercise their rights while preventing passions from disrupting the peaceful event. A significant force commitment of SWAT teams, mounted officers, intelligence officers, and uniformed patrol officers was able to guarantee that all parties desiring to express their viewpoints were able to do so safely. No arrests or significant incidents occurred during this event. This operations was supported by personnel from the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Police Department, who handled activities related to the event that occurred off National Park Service jurisdiction, and by staff from the Secret Service and the District of Columbia Fire Department.



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