This is a topic that has gained traction in conservative media, which Barr closely follows, and he has been known to focus on the issue from time to time.
Nevertheless, some federal prosecutors were removed last week after the Attorney General hoped to charge violent protesters with treason, which is a crime to overthrow the US government.
In 2010, federal prosecutors accused members of a Christian militia of conspiracy to seduce the hootress. He was acquitted for lack of evidence. Federal prosecutors were successful in using the law against Puerto Rican separatists in the 1930s.
Since June, federal prosecutors have brought more than 200 criminal cases against those who were allegedly involved in violence during protests following the murder of George Floyd. Some cases have occurred for riot-related offenses and some for lesser offenses that are usually handled by local authorities, not federal offenders.
On a recent call, Barr told lawyers nationwide that he wanted federal cases to be explored as a way to deal with the unrest in cities around the country.
This approach is consistent with Barr’s public posture since Floyd’s death in late May. Casting himself as a law-and-order man, the Attorney General has used speeches to spread unrest rather than show firm support for the police and advocate law enforcement reforms in a peaceful manner.
“George Floyd’s death was not the first of its kind and it exposes concerns that go far beyond this particular case. While most police officers do their work bravely and properly, it is undisputed that many African Americans lack confidence in our American criminal. The justice system, “he said at the time.
“It will have to change.”
This story has been updated with additional background information.