Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post

Marissa J. Lang

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Washington, DC, United States

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Recent articles by Marissa:

Federal officials stockpiled munitions, sought ‘heat ray’ device before clearing Lafayette Square, whistleblower says

A Defense Department official said the emails were a routine inventory check to determine what equipment was available. → Read More

After 100 days of demonstrations, more radical protest tactics are likely here to stay

Gas masks, hockey sticks and shields have become commonplace at protests around the country as activists embrace more extreme tactics. → Read More

25-day walk to D.C. brings racism, arrests and a sense of urgency for March on Washington activists

Along the way to Washington, group members have come face-to-face with the very forces they are demonstrating against. → Read More

March on Washington organizers lower crowd size estimate for Friday rally

They initially thought at least 100,000 people would gather but now predict 50,000. → Read More

2020 March on Washington: What you need to know about the civil rights rally in D.C.

The Friday demonstration will conclude a week of large-scale events in the nation’s capital. → Read More

Republicans receive permit for Washington Monument fireworks Thursday after Trump’s speech

The display is expected to last about five minutes, although setup and preparation will take days. → Read More

Civil rights protest, political demonstrations and fireworks: D.C. to host thousands amid coronavirus pandemic

Mayor Muriel E. Bowser has doubled down on her instructions to out-of-state visitors. → Read More

Republicans plan a fireworks show at the Washington Monument on night of Trump’s speech

The fireworks would begin about 11:30 p.m., hours before thousands are expected for a civil rights march. → Read More

Trump sent agents to quell unrest. But protest is what Portland does best.

The stamina and creativity of Portland protesters has been grown for generations. By the time federal agents packed into the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in early July, protesters had settled into a rhythm. → Read More

Wall of Moms, Black Lives Matter protesters sue Trump administration for use of tear gas, force in Portland

The lawsuit alleges that several agencies have violated their constitutional rights of free speech, assembly and due process and against unreasonable seizures. → Read More

Leaf-blower wars: How Portland protesters are fighting back against tear gas and forming ‘walls’ of veterans, lawyers, nurses

The loud, pressurized air machines typically used to clear grass, leaves and other lawn debris are surprisingly effective tools at clearing caustic chemicals from the air. → Read More

A Navy vet asked federal officers in Portland to remember their oaths. Then they broke his hand.

Portland protester and Navy veteran Christopher David was beaten and pepper sprayed by federal troops in a viral video. He says the officers broke his hand. → Read More

U.S. officials dismiss calls to leave city

Portland, Ore. A top Homeland Security Department official on Sunday vowed that the agency will maintain a heavy presence in Portland - and send reinforcements to other U.S. cities, if violence surged - as the mayor of Oregon's largest city implored federal agents to stand down amid escalating clashes with protesters. Ken Cuccinelli, acting deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland… → Read More

U.S. officials dismiss Portland leaders' calls to leave city

PORTLAND, Ore. - A top Homeland Security Department official on Sunday vowed that the agency will maintain a heavy presence in Portland - and send reinforcements to other U.S. cities, if violence surged - as the mayor of Oregon's largest city implored federal agents to stand down amid escalating clashes with protesters. Ken Cuccinelli, acting deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland… → Read More

Congress begins probe into federal officers' use of force to clear protesters near White House

WASHINGTON - Congress on Monday began to investigate tactics used by federal law enforcement officers to clear protesters near Lafayette Square ahead of President Donald Trump's photo op in front of the pale yellow facade of St. John's Episcopal Church. Protesters, journalists and witnesses who were caught in clouds of chemical irritants, hit with police batons, pelted by projectiles and shoved… → Read More

Now fenced in, church across from White House is at the center of a new controversy

WASHINGTON - Leaders of the yellow church that has been at the center of the District of Columbia's Black Lives Matter demonstrations say they are concerned about how police cleared protesters from the area earlier this week - and upset that the city built a fence around their property in the name of safety. Police and city workers on Monday and Tuesday cleared out people, signs, bicycles and… → Read More

March on Washington planned for August

WASHINGTON - As protests continued in the nation's capital on Wednesday, preparations are underway for an estimated 100,000 people to converge on Washington in late August to push for criminal justice reform. The family of George Floyd, who was killed in the custody of Minneapolis police last month, and the Rev. Al Sharpton outlined plans for the event - to coincide with the 57th anniversary of… → Read More

48 hours of chaos gave way to peaceful protests in nation's capital

WASHINGTON - The crowd swarming the fence north of the White House turned its attention from the rows of riot police on the other side of the barrier to one of their own. A young man had scaled a street sign on June 2 and was trying to tear it down. Boos erupted around him, and he was pelted with water bottles. "Don't give them a reason!" someone screamed. A chant - "Peaceful protest" - rumbled… → Read More

After week of protest, Saturday expected to bring largest crowds yet to Washington

WASHINGTON - After eight days of protests in the District of Columbia over the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, officials are preparing for the week's biggest demonstration in Washington. Tens of thousands of protesters are expected in the nation's capital Saturday in an all-out rebuke of aggressive police tactics, racism and the Trump administration's militant approach to… → Read More

D.C. protests over the death of George Floyd have grown bigger and more diverse. That’s not an accident, experts say.

Thousands joined after watching police use munitions on peaceful demonstrators as years of protests made marching more mainstream. → Read More