A US Army National Guard Major from the District of Columbia made headlines after he gave a dramatic testimony denouncing police involved in the Lafayette Square riots that took place in June- but it isn’t the first time he’s been in the public eye.
Maj. Adam DeMarco, who served in the Iraq War and is a member of the DCNG, gave a rather colourful account of what he witnessed in June, implying that the events conjured experiences pulled from his deployment.
“The events I witnessed at Lafayette Square on the evening of June 1 were deeply disturbing to me, and to fellow National Guardsmen,” Major DeMarco said “Having served in a combat zone, and understanding how to assess threat environments, at no time did I feel threatened by the protesters or assess them to be violent.”
DeMarco criticized law enforcement’s use of smoke grenades and flashbangs, less-lethal ammunition and batons to clear out Lafayette Square park.
“From my observation, those demonstrators -our fellow American citizens- were engaged in the peaceful expression of their First Amendment rights,” he said.
It should be noted that incendiary devices, bludgeons, bricks and caustic liquids were utilized by the protesters.
DeMarco, who attended West Point and was on the US Army football team, had previously been in the public spotlight after he ran for US Congress in 2018, attempting to secure a congressional seat for Maryland on the Democratic ticket.
The District 3 seat ultimately went to John Sarbanes, a fellow Democrat whose term ends next year.
Prior to the National Guard, DeMarco served as an Artillery Officer with the 1st Cavalry Division in Kirkuk, Iraq. After completing the Captain’s Career Course, he was assigned to the 1st Armored Division.
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