The 28th of March marked the second night of protests against the Park Service using USDA snipers to kill deer in Rock Creek Park. Banners were held at the intersection of Military Road and Oregon Ave, and I was told that at least one team of hunt disruptors was in the woods. At 10:32PM, one of the protesters reported seeing a laser dot on her chest.
UPDATE: The following night no park service workers or cops were seen, roads remained open. Was the shoot delayed or cancelled for that night because of the laser sight incident?
The woman reporting the laser dot was facing the park, where diagonally across the intersection and over 100 yards away a pair of US government employees in dark green clothing were guarding a trail entering the woods. Apparently one of the shooters further back, bored with either the lack of deer or lack of a “green light” that early decided to aim his weapon at one of the protesters with the laser sight operating as a prank or a threat.
Earlier, the two men guarding the same area of the woods refused to answer any questions posed by the same woman, giving her only a phone number to redirect any questions to and saying they were forbidden to answer any questions!
It is beyond unprofessional for even one of USDA’s “predator control”/deer removal snipers to aim his or her weapon at any person, even one protesting their presence. For all the talk of “buffer zones” and safety, it appears that one of the Park Service’s contract snipers from USDA has chosen to violate the most fundamental of all gun safety rules: never aim your weapon at anything it is not OK to shoot!
As of shortly before 11PM, no gunshots had been heard, suppressed or otherwise in the vicinity of Military Road and Beach Drive/Oregon Ave. The previous night, the roads never closed and apparently no deer were killed.
Earlier on the 28th of March, protesters had assembled in rush hour in the 5PM range, with as many as 30 on site at that time. Six hours later the banners were still being held, and about 4 or 5 people held down the vigil at any one time as people rotated in and out. This is in addition to any hunt disruption teams that may have been in the woods