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‘False narrative’: AG Barr rejects claims of an ‘epidemic’ of police shootings of unarmed Black suspects

Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY
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President Donald Trump stated that protesters “violently attacked” Kyle Rittenhouse, however the incident was beneath investigation.


Legal professional Basic William Barr on Wednesday rejected assertions that police shootings of unarmed Black suspects had develop into an American epidemic, casting such claims as a “false narrative.”

“I do not suppose that there are two justice techniques,” Barr stated in an interview with CNN. “I believe the narrative that police are in some epidemic of capturing unarmed Black males is solely a false narrative.”

The legal professional common’s feedback come a day after he accompanied President Donald Trump to Kenosha, Wisconsin, the place the president supplied help for legislation enforcement within the contentious days after native police shot Jacob Blake seven occasions within the again, leaving him paralyzed.

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Within the wide-ranging interview, Barr additionally appeared to stoke Trump’s claims that mail-in voting might be susceptible to fraud and that extremists have been touring from metropolis to metropolis to incite violence at demonstrations in opposition to police abuse.

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“That is taking part in with fireplace,” Barr stated, referring to the mail-in poll marketing campaign waged within the wake of the chance posed by the lethal coronavirus to in-person voting.

Final week, U.S. intelligence officers stated that they’d “not seen” coordinated efforts to control mail-in balloting, regardless of Trump’s ominous warnings concerning the prospect of huge fraud.

“We have now not seen a coordinated voter fraud effort,” a senior legislation enforcement official informed reporters throughout an election safety briefing. 

Deputy Legal professional Basic Jeff Rosen, talking at a separate occasion final week, appeared to echo the safety evaluation.

“We have now but to see any exercise meant to stop voting or change votes,” Rosen stated throughout a web based convention hosted by the Middle for Strategic and Worldwide Research, including that it will be tough for overseas actors to take action. 

On Wednesday, the legal professional common supported the president’s contentions, suggesting that voting by mail was susceptible to “fraud and coercion.”

Counting on such a system in a politically divided nation, Barr stated, was “reckless and harmful.”

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Barr additionally stated federal authorities have been monitoring the actions of demonstrators who, the legal professional common claimed, have been touring to cities all through america to foment violence.

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The legal professional common stated investigators have been responding to “a number of reviews,” suggesting a coordinated infiltration of social justice protests sparked by the the Might 25 dying of George Floyd by the hands of Minneapolis police.

Earlier this week, Trump promoted an unsubstantiated concept that he was alerted to a airplane carrying extremists wearing darkish uniforms, suggesting that they have been a part of an organized group selling violence at native demonstrations.

Requested about Trump’s declare Wednesday, Barr stated: “I do not know what the president is referring to.”


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