Attorney General Barr denounces those who have “hijacked protests to engage in lawlessness”

Attorney General William Barr said the US is currently facing “two serious challenges to the rule of law” — the brutality that led to George Floyd’s death and those who have “hijacked protests to engage in lawlessness.”
Barr, just about an hour ahead of today’s memorial service for Floyd, said, “today is a day of mourning. He said justice must be served.
However, Barr also denounced violence stemming from some protests.
“While many have peacefully expressed their anger and grief, others have hijacked protests to engage in lawlessness,” he said. “Such senseless acts of anarchy are not exercises of First Amendment rights.”
Some background: It was Barr who on Monday evening ordered authorities — clad in military-grade guard and head shields — to clear a crowd of peaceful protesters that had gathered near the White House, according to a Justice Department official.
Soon after, President Trump addressed the press from the White House Rose Garden, threatening governors and local officials to quell the protests in their states or he would move to involve US military — something he doesn’t have the absolute legal authority to do. He subsequently walked past the area where protesters had just been cleared to take a photo with a Bible at a church damaged by demonstrators.

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