Attorney General William Barr criticized the “extreme reactions that have demonized police” following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May and blames calls to defund the police for the rise in crime.
Speaking on Wednesday at the White House, Barr said: “We had that terrible death in Minneapolis. But then we had this extreme reaction that has demonized police and called for the defunding of police departments. And what we have seen then is a significant increase in violent crime in many cities. And this rise is a direct result of the attack on the police forces and the weakening of police forces.”
On Wednesday, Trump also announced that he will be sending federal law enforcement agents into Chicago and Alberquerque to crackdown on what he claims is an unchecked surge of violence in Democratic run cities.
“Today I am announcing a surge of federal law enforcement into American communities plagued by violent crime,” Trump said. We have “no choice but to get involved.”