Barr Tells Prosecutors to Consider Charging Violent Protesters With Sedition, compares COVID lockdown with slavery


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Barr told prosecutors to consider charging violent protesters with sedition

During a phone call last week with federal prosecutors, Attorney General William Barr said they should consider charging anyone who committed a violent crime during recent protests with sedition, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times on Wednesday.

This was a very unusual suggestion, as the federal sedition law is rarely invoked, and his proposal startled some people on the call, the Times reports. Federal prosecutors have so far charged more than 200 people with violent crimes related to the protests, with most accused of arson or assaulting federal officers.

Research by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project shows that more than 93 percent of the anti-racism and anti-police brutality protests over the summer were peaceful, the Times reports. FBI officials have said most people who committed violent acts during the demonstrations took advantage of the situation, using the protests as an opportunity to get aggressive, and police departments reported far-right and far-left fringe groups were involved. Barr, meanwhile, has insisted most of the violence was caused by left-wing agitators.

Two people briefed on the matter told the Times Barr has also asked members of the Justice Department's civil rights division to look into whether any criminal charges can be filed against Jenny Durkan, the Democratic mayor of Seattle, for allowing citizens to set up a police-free protest zone near downtown. Durkan and President Trump repeatedly clashed on the best way to handle the situation.

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AG Barr compares a national coronavirus lockdown to SLAVERY, saying it would be the 'greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history' but is a 'different kind of restraint' - as he encourages sedition charges for violent protesters

  • Barr spoke out at the Constitution Day celebration at Hillsdale College in Michigan on Wednesday
  • 'Putting a national lockdown, stay at home orders, is like house arrest,' Barr said
  • 'Other than slavery, which was a different kind of restraint, this is the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history,' the US AG added
  • Barr told federal district attorneys in a call last week that a law against plotting to overthrow the government was among charges they could use on protesters
  • In order to prove sedition, they would have to prove imminent danger to government officials or agents as part of a conspiracy
  • Another statute could bring federal charges on someone who obstructs law enforcement responding to unrest
  • Two people on the call said Barr has asked whether charges could be brought on Seattle's Mayor Jenny Durkan for allowing people to create a police-free zone
  • Trump said Wednesday: 'If you have a violent demonstration, yes, we will put it down very very quickly'