William Barr didn’t mince words for the people organizing the dangerous riots.
There are going to be consequences.
William Barr had seven serious words of warning for violent Antifa protesters.
Riots are destructive and should be denounced on every side.
What happened to George Floyd was wrong, a travesty of justice, and the police officers at the scene should be held responsible.
Derek Chauvin, the cop who was videotaped with his knee against Floyd’s neck, has been charged with murder and arrested and the other three have been fired from their jobs.
Rioting does not bring justice for anyone, it does not lead to a better society and disproportionally hurts minority communities.
Churches, affordable housing, a home with a child in it, minority businesses and a historic courthouse were all set on fire.
An African American federal officer was shot and killed by protesters.
The unjust death of one black man does not justify the unjust killing of another.
William Barr says the groups that are instigating violence “is domestic terrorism and will be treated accordingly.”
“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,” he said in a Sunday statement. “Groups of outside radicals and agitators are exploiting the situation to pursue their own separate, violent, and extremist agenda.”
Kansas City police say they found piles of rocks and bricks in Country Club Plaza where protesters had gathered.
They have asked the public to report any stockpiles they find to the police.
“If you see anything like this, you can text 911 and let us know so we can remove them,” Kansas City police posted on Twitter. “This keeps everyone safe and allows your voice to continue to be heard.”
Two Kansas City police officers had to be hospitalized on Sunday after projectiles were thrown at them.
“It’s one of the most challenging times that I’ve seen in my 30 years of policing,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea told “Fox & Friends” on Monday. “I can tell you that we had thousands of police officers deployed last night.”
“In terms of protest, in terms of balancing orderly protest, respecting people’s rights to peacefully assemble, that was going on all day, large crowds in Brooklyn, smaller crowds in Queens, significant crowds in Manhattan,” Dermot continued. “But then it turned dark, it turned ugly and it turned that way fast.”
Small businesses are being hit the hardest by this.
There is enough suffering in America with the coronavirus lockdowns, the unemployment and the death of George Floyd without adding more problems.
We want to keep small businesses from failing so that people have jobs that they can return to.
Violence won’t solve the racial issues in America, and any groups who are trying to use the anger and unrest to promote violence are just evil and should have to face the legal consequences for their actions.