Hijacking the memory of George Floyd.
Sunday, May 31st, U.S. Attorney General Barr released a statement condemning the extreme violence of rioters across the United States, stating “the voices of peaceful and legitimate protests have been hijacked by violent radical elements.“
AG Barr stated that those hijacking legitimate protests were doing so for “their own separate, violent, and extremist agenda.”
“It is time to stop watching the violence and to confront and stop it. The continued violence and destruction of property endangers the lives and livelihoods of others, and interferes with the rights of peaceful protestors, as well as all other citizens “
AG Barr stated that the violence interferes with work that needs to be done to address “legitimate grievances. Preventing reconciliation and driving us apart is the goal of these radical groups, and we cannot let them succeed.”
Governors and local law enforcement responsible for ensuring adequate law enforcement.
AG Barr also reiterated statements made by President Donald J. Trump that governors and local officials need to do more to prevent the violence occurring throughout the U.S. Barr stated that “it is the responsibility of state and local leaders to ensure that adequate law enforcement resources, including the National Guard where necessary, are deployed on the streets to reestablish law and order.”
Rioting and violence caused by those with a “radical agenda” will be charged…
AG Barr stated his intent to utilize federal law enforcement authorities, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), to investigate and charge “violent radical agitators.” Barr said, “To identify criminal organizers and instigators, and to coordinate federal resources with our state and local partners, federal law enforcement is using our existing network of 56 regional FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF).”
Barr further stated, “The violence instigated and carried out by Antifa and other similar groups in connection with the rioting is domestic terrorism and will be treated accordingly.”