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Arlington County pulls police officers from DC that were helping control protests

Arlington officials are not happy that their officers were part of dispersing crowds near the White House ahead of President Donald Trump's walk to St. John's Church

WASHINGTON — Arlington County officials are reevaluating its agreement with law enforcement in D.C. to help with protests.

Officials are not happy that its police officers, who were helping manage protests alongside U.S. Park Police, were part of force used against people before President Donald Trump made his Monday afternoon walk from the White House to St. John's Church to take pictures. 

"At the direction of the County Board, County Manager and Police Chief, all ACPD officers left the District of Columbia at 8:30 tonight. The County is re-evaluating the agreements that allowed our officers to be put in a compromising position that endangered their health and safety, and that of the people around them, for a purpose not worthy of our mutual aid obligations."

President Donald Trump went to St. John's Church less than a day after the church's basement and nursery were damaged by a Fire set by protesters.

"Appalled a mutual aid agreement was abused to endanger their (Arlington Police) and others safety for a photo op," said Arlington County County Board Member Libby Garvey.

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