Fri. Nov 27th, 2020

Dear attorney general: Pepper spray is a chemical irritant. So are pepper balls.

Despite assertions to the contrary by Attorney General William Barr, pepper spray is a chemical.

This chemistry 101 lesson is brought to you by an interview with Barr by CBS News’ Margaret Brennan on Face the Nation on June 7. In the interview, Brennan pressed Barr on the decision to aggressively clear peaceful protestors from Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C., prior to a walk through the park for a photo opportunity by President Donald Trump at St. John’s Church.