U.S. attorney general defends protest response, interventions in Trump associate cases

Article Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/house-judiciary-barr-testimony-1.5665451

Discussion posted by: David McNamara

U.S. Attorney General William Barr defended the aggressive federal law enforcement response to civil unrest in America, saying on Tuesday “violent rioters and anarchists have hijacked legitimate protests” sparked by George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police. Barr told members of the House’s judiciary committee at a much-anticipated election year hearing the violence taking place in Portland, Ore., and other cities is disconnected from Floyd’s killing, which he called a “horrible” event that prompted a necessary national reckoning on the relationship between the Black community and law enforcement. “Largely absent from these scenes of destruction are even superficial attempts by the rioters to connect their actions to George Floyd’s death or any legitimate call for reform,” Barr said of the Portland protests.