By Ken Bredemeier, Chris Hannas
VOA News
July 28, 2020

WASHINGTON - U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday staunchly defended sending hundreds of federal agents to the northwestern city of Portland, Oregon, and elsewhere to quell violent protests. Opposition Democratic lawmakers accused him of violating Americans’ civil rights to demonstrate and taking actions to support President Donald Trump’s re-election in November.

In a tense hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, Barr said the death in late May of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was a “horrible” event that sparked a necessary examination of the relationship between law enforcement and African Americans in the United States.

But Barr said ongoing protests in Portland and elsewhere have become disconnected from Floyd’s death.

“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,” Barr said.

The committee’s chairman, Democratic Congressman Jerrold Nadler, said Barr was “projecting fear” throughout the country by dispatching troops to Portland over the opposition of state and local officials.

“Shame on you, Mr. Barr,” Nadler said as he scolded the country’s top law enforcement official…….

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