Federal law enforcement officers requested a "heat ray" weapon to be used which turned out to be unavailable, according to a national guard officer and whistleblower, concering the incident of Trump´s photo op with the Bible. The weapon was reported to be planned for use clearing protesters in a park next to the White House this past June, 2020. Military police are reported to have asked the National Guard for the ¨Active Denial System (ADS),¨ which makes targets feel their skin is on fire.
It is not exactly clear why use of the weapon was an option that was ultimately discarded. Law enforcement officers are instead believed to have used tear gas, rubber bullets and smoke grenades to clear the park on 1 June. Park Police have denied using tear gas, saying that they instead fired "pepper balls" - projectiles with capsaicin, the chemical that gives peppers heat - at protesters. The heat ray weapon uses a microwave beam to make human skin feel like it is burning. Authorities say it causes no permanent damage.