The director of the Secret Service reportedly apologized for how cancer-stricken children and their families were treated after they were told they had to leave Lafayette Square on Saturday night, according to the Washington Post.
About 700 people participating in CureFest for Childhood Cancer were told by the Secret Service and U.S. Park Police, which cited security reasons, to evacuate the park in front of the White House, according to the newspaper.
The evacuation, which lasted about two hours, disrupted the group’s scheduled candlelight vigil that was intended to raise awareness and fundraise for childhood cancer, according to the Post.
Joseph Clancy, the head of the Secret Service, called one of the organizers of the event and apologized Monday, according to the Post.
The newspaper talked to Mike Gillette, one of the group’s organizers, who said the director told him he was “very sorry” and that the agency “did not handle the situation well.”
A Secret Service spokeswoman confirmed to the newspaper that the agency was reviewing its policies on “closures.”