Attorney General William Barr just delivered on a promise made in response to the violent demonstrations gripping the country.
Fox News reports that Barr has now ordered the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to dispatch Special Operation Response riot teams to both Washington, D.C. and Miami in an effort to quell ongoing unrest.
Both cities have seen volatile protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis last week. Floyd, a 46-year-old Minnesota man, died while being arrested as ex-officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck and refused to move even as Floyd begged for air.
Washington, D.C. in particular was hard hit by demonstrators over the weekend. Law enforcement officers ranging from local police and National Guard to the U.S. Secret Service have had to be called in to help get the situation under control.
Barr pledges crackdown
In giving the order, Barr made good on a promise he made over the weekend. In an interview on Sunday, Barr spoke about the violent protests that are dominating news headlines and pledged that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will do its part to stem the tide.
“With the rioting that is occurring in many of our cities around the country, the voices of peaceful and legitimate protests have been hijacked by violent radical elements,” Barr said, according to USA Today. “Groups of outside radicals and agitators are exploiting the situation to pursue their own separate, violent, and extremist agenda. It is time to stop watching the violence and to confront and stop it.”
Barr went on to specifically talk about the Antifa — or “anti-fascist” — group, which many believe is playing a significant role in coordinating the unrest, and which President Donald Trump recently announced will be designated as a domestic terrorist organization.
“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,” Barr said.
Pursuing justice for George Floyd
Barr has also made it a point, however, to not let those bent on destruction and mayhem distract from those wishing to peacefully protest the tragic death of Floyd.
The attorney general has announced that the DOJ is conducting a formal civil rights investigation into the incident that resulted in Floyd’s death, calling footage of his arrest “harrowing to watch and deeply disturbing,” as Politico reported.
With all of this, Barr has been on the same page as President Donald Trump, who addressed the nation from the Rose Garden on Monday. Trump, too, promised to restore law and order and to obtain justice for Floyd.
It’s good to hear that both Trump and Barr are fully committed to bringing this tragic situation under control.