While riding in his motorcade in Virginia, something caught the eye of United States Attorney General William Barr so he asked his FBI security detail: “Can we make a quick u-turn?”
It sure is nice to have an Attorney General who actually loves law enforcement.
United States Attorney General, William Barr, the top cop in the United States, drove past a pro-police rally in Virginia on August 6th. Instead of just waving and passing by, he decided he needed to stop and personally thank the group for their support.
That time you’re driving in Virginia and the Attorney General spots a group of people in front of a police precinct showing their support for the police.
AG to FBI Detail: “Can we make a quick U-Turn? I want to jump out and thank those people.”
— Kerri Kupec DOJ (@KerriKupecDOJ) August 7, 2020
Kerri Kupec, a spokeswoman for Barr said that they were driving by when the group was noticed by the Attorney General. She said that Barr asked his security detail:
“Can we make a quick U-Turn? I want to jump out and thank those people.”
“That time you’re driving in Virginia and the Attorney General spots a group of people in front of a police precinct showing their support for the police.”
People in the group were standing in front of the local police department holding signs in support of law enforcement. Some of the signs read “Back the Blue and “They give their lives for you.”
In the video from Kupec, one of the people in the crowd can be heard saying “we love you.”
Others are telling him they were supportive of his testimony and thought he did well.
The woman was referring to the latest testimony in which Barr backed up President Trump’s decision on sending in federal police in Portland to defend federal property. Barr also commented that the riots occurring were an “assault on the government of the United States.”
Barr stated that the riots and those that participate in them “hijacked legitimate demonstrations against police brutality.” He further added:
“Every night for the past two months a mob of hundred of rioters have laid siege to the federal courthouse and other nearby federal property.
He said it was nothing short of war.
“The rioters have come equipped for fighting. Armed with powerful slingshots, tasers, sledgehammers, saws, knives, rifles, and explosive devices.”
“Largely absent from these scenes of destruction are even superficial attempts by the rioters to connect their actions to George Floyd’s death or any legitimate call for reform. Nor could such brazen acts of lawlessness plausibly be justified by a concern that police officers in Minnesota or elsewhere defied the law.”
Barr specifically touched on racial tensions following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer. He also acknowledged racial discrimination that was rampant in laws and in police agencies throughout the country many years ago.
Barr stated his belief that regardless of what the laws are that black Americans tend to feel a “deeper, lingering concern that, in encounters with police…they will be treated with greater suspicion than a white person would under the circumstances.”
His belief is that this feeling of mistrust will erode over time and that the system in and of itself is not racist.
Barr also pointed out that there is a significant issue concerning members of the black community killing other black people. He believes this issue is more pressing than any complaint on police brutality issue.
He points out that the leading cause of death for young black men is homicide, not at the hands of the police, but from their community.
Barr stated that 90% of the young black men killed each year as at the hands of another black man. He added in his belief, “Each of those lives matter.”
Going against popular opinion, Barr has recently pushed for investment into police forces throughout the country instead of the defunding movement pushed by democratic leaders. Barr participated in an interview with ABC News said:
“But I think we have to think about more investment in the police.
“Now part of it, as you say, is that the police are being called on to do more and more. Deal with mental illness, deal with homelessness, deal with drug addiction where they don’t have the training and…the expertise sometimes to deal with it.”