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Police watch inside Lafayette Square near the White House in Washington, DC on June 1, 2020, before clearing the park. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

A federal judge on Monday dismissed four consolidated lawsuits brought by Black Lives Matter demonstrators against former President Trump and his top administration officials over law enforcement's clearing of protesters from Lafayette Park last year, Politico reports.

The state of play: In the aftermath of their forcible clearing from the park, the protesters sued then-President Trump and other top administration officials, including then-Attorney General Bill Barr, as well as local police forces in Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Va.

  • U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich ruled in favor of allowing the claims against local police officers to proceed but dismissed all but one against the administration officials, Buzzfeed reports.
  • Friedrich wrote that the plaintiffs hadn't demonstrated enough evidence that "there was a conspiracy among Trump, Barr, and other federal officials to violate" protesters' rights, notes Buzzfeed.
  • Friedrich also denied an injunction request to ban "similar uses of force against protesters in the future," per Politico.

What they're saying: “The plaintiffs’ claims of impending future harm are too speculative to confer standing to seek an injunction,” Friedrich wrote in the decision.

Go deeper: Watchdog: Police did not clear Lafayette Park last year for Trump photo-op.

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Updated Sep 17, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Pentagon approves request for 100 National Guard troops for "Justice for J6" rally

Security fencing has been reinstalled around the Capitol. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has approved a request from Capitol Police to provide 100 D.C. National Guard troops in case law enforcement requires additional support at Saturday's "Justice for J6" rally at the Capitol.

Why it matters: Security preparations have ramped up ahead of the pro-Trump demonstration, where hundreds of protesters sympathetic to the Jan. 6 Capitol attack are expected to gather.

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Mapping repression in China's Xinjiang region

Data: © Mapbox, © OpenStreetMap; Map: Will Chase/Axios

A sweeping new report released today by an Australian research organization reveals new details about how the Chinese Communist Party — and specifically who within the party — is carrying out its campaign of repression in Xinjiang.

Why it matters: Uncovering the actual offices and individuals implementing the Chinese government's genocide and forced labor policies in Xinjiang can bring accountability and help international companies delink supply chains in compliance with U.S. and EU forced labor laws.

Updated 25 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Celebrities are America's new politicians

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Launching gubernatorial bids, making presidential endorsements, founding schools: Celebrities are getting increasingly involved in U.S. public and political life.

Why it matters: As we've reported, politics is no longer just the purview of career politicians, as companies and their CEOs throw their weight around to affect policies. Now, movie stars, famous musicians and professional athletes also are using their influence in politics.

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