Attorney General Bill Barr is promising justice in the case of George Floyd who was killed in a confrontation with Minneapolis police, but he is promising more than that.
The attorney general said that the thugs who are ransacking the nation during these riots are going to face justice too.
“The outrage of our national community about what happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis is real and legitimate. Accountability for his death must be addressed, and is being addressed, through the regular process of our criminal justice system, both at the state and at the federal level,” he said.
“That system is working and moving at exceptional speed. Already initial charges have been filed. That process continues to move forward. Justice will be served.
“Unfortunately, with the rioting that is occurring in many of our cities around the country, the voices of peaceful protest are being hijacked by violent radical elements,” Barr said.
“Groups of outside radicals and agitators are exploiting the situation to pursue their own separate and violent agenda.
“In many places, it appears the violence is planned, organized, and driven by anarchistic and far left extremists, using Antifa-like tactics, many of whom travel from out of state to promote the violence.
“We must have law and order on our streets and in our communities, and it is the responsibility of the local and state leadership, in the first instance, to halt this violence. The Department of Justice (including the FBI, Marshals, ATF, and DEA), and all of our 93 U.S. Attorneys across the country, will support these local efforts and take all action necessary to enforce federal law.
“In that regard, it is a federal crime to cross state lines or to use interstate facilities to incite or participate in violent rioting. We will enforce these laws,” he said.
There is no doubt that Antifa is behind much of the vicious rioting, looting and ransacking that is happening nationwide.
But this is not the Obama administration and they will not escape justice from Bill Barr’s Department of Justice.
“These are ‘Organized Groups’ that have nothing to do with George Floyd. Sad!” President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday. “It’s ANTIFA and the Radical Left. Don’t lay the blame on others!”
Jim Hanson of Fox News agreed with the president.
The president’s accurate description of Antifa fits the definition under federal law of a domestic terror group. Under that definition, such a group breaks laws “to intimidate or coerce a civilian population” or to “influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion.”
Antifa claims to be an anti-fascist group dedicated to stopping oppression of marginalized communities. But the group considers law enforcement officers and many government agencies to be among the “oppressors,” along with many others who reject its radical agenda.
Antifa members have been advocating for and conducting violence to intimidate for a long time now, but the wave of terror they unleashed this past week makes taking action against them truly urgent.
“Domestic extremists, including anarchist extremists and other anti-government extremists, are using the unrest in Minneapolis to amplify and justify their calls for dismantling law enforcement agencies and carrying out attacks on law enforcement, government, and capitalist targets,” a Philadelphia Police Department bulletin said.
These riots have to be stopped. We cannot allow our nation to be burned to ashes by these radical groups.