In a statement, the Secret Service noted that previously “information was released stating that the agency concluded that no agency staff used tear gas or capsule spray during efforts to secure the area near Lafayette Park on Monday, June 1, based on data and information available at the time. Since then, the agency has learned that one agency employee used a spray capsule (i.e., a pepper spray) during that effort. “
“The employee used oleoresin capsicum spray or pepper spray in response to the attacker,” the agency said in a statement.
The episode sparked national outrage, including in the district where Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser denied what she described as an attack on protesters.