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Obama's Secret Service chief apologizes for how group of cancer-stricken kids was treated

Obama's Secret Service chief apologizes for how group of cancer-stricken kids was treated

By Dana Hedgpeth and Fredrick Kunkle for The Washington Post

The head of the Secret Service apologized for how a group of children suffering from cancer and their supporters were treated after they said they were pushed out of Lafayette Square on Saturday night.

Joseph Clancy, director of the Secret Service, called one of the organizers on Monday after CureFest for Childhood Cancer said that about 700 parents and children were ordered out of the park in front of the White House for at least two hours. The move disrupted their plans for a candlelight vigil to raise awareness and research funding for childhood cancer.

Mike Gillette, one of the group’s organizers and a documentary filmmaker in the Fairfax area, said Clancy called him Monday and said that he was “very sorry” and that the agency “did not handle the situation well.” A spokeswoman for the Secret Service confirmed that Clancy made the call and said the agency plans to review some of its policies on closures.

According to Gillette, Clancy offered to come to one of the group’s events to apologize in person and offered to have some of the children come to one of the agency’s training facilities in Maryland for a tour.

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