In his prepared remarks before the House Judiciary Committee, Attorney General Bill Barr is not holding back. He called the Russian investigation a scandal and characterized it a “grave abuses.”
“Ever since I made it clear that I was going to do everything I could to get to the bottom of the grave abuses involved in the bogus Russiagate scandal, many of the Democrats on this committee have attempted to discredit me by conjuring up a narrative that I am simply the president’s factotum who disposes of criminal cases according to his instructions,” said Barr in his prepared remarks. “Judging from the letter inviting me to this hearing, that appears to be your agenda today.”
But Barr didn’t stop there. He went on to give statistics about race based crime to dispel much of the narrative surrounding the riots going on in America.
Police forces today are far more diverse than ever before; there are both more Black police chiefs and more Black officers in the ranks. Although the death of George Floyd – an unarmed Black man – at the hands of the police was a shocking event, the fact is that such events are fortunately quite rare. According to statistics compiled by the Washington Post, the number of unarmed Black men killed by police so far this year is eight. The number of unarmed White men killed by police over the same time period is 11. Some unarmed suspects, moreover, were physically attacking officers or threatening others at the time they were shot. And, the overall number of police shootings has been decreasing.
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