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Attorney General William Barr is blaming "Antifa and other agitators" for the violence that has erupted at George Floyd protests.
Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray held a press conference Thursday about investigations into efforts by extremist groups to hijack peaceful protests.
“We have evidence that Antifa and other similar extremist groups, as well as actors of a variety of different political persuasions, have been involved in instigating and participating in the violent activity. We are also seeing foreign actors playing all sides to exacerbate the violence.”
While Barr pointed his finger at far-left group Antifa, a day earlier, the DOJ indicted three members of the far-right "boogaloo movement" who were allegedly conspiring to cause destruction during protests in Las Vegas. The "boogaloo" movement aims to incite a civil war or race war, and utilizes a loose organizational structure similar to Antifa.
Only Antifa was called out by name during Thursday's press conference. Asked why he hadn’t mentioned far-right extremists in his opening remarks, Barr reiterated:
“We’re dealing with a witches’ brew of different organizations a variety of ideological persuasions. Some are Antifa-related. A lot of the extremists are involved in egging on violence and participating in violence."
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On the Radar
Among the reforms to policing that have been discussed in the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis Police officers is a change to the legal doctrine of “qualified immunity."
Critics of qualified immunity argue that the doctrine has become a shield for police officers from civil lawsuits in cases where they violated a citizen’s rights.
The doctrine is intended to protect officials who make “reasonable but mistaken judgments about open legal questions” in the course of their duties, but not “the plainly incompetent or those who knowingly violate the law.” It first came into effect in 1967.
Read about qualified immunity here, then tell your reps:
Under the Radar
Rosenstein Wouldn't Approve Russia Warrant Now
Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller to lead the probe that found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, testified Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee that he would not have approved a surveillance application of a Trump campaign aide if he had known he was relying on faulty evidence.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) asked Rosenstein, “If you knew then what you know now, would you have signed the warrant application?” Rosenstein replied, “No, I would not.” Rosenstein told senators that he reviewed the application, but didn’t know that he read every page of it, and wasn’t aware of the inaccuracies later uncovered by Justice Dept. Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
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