Barr praises law enforcement response to DC protests

Barr praises law enforcement response to DC protests

Attorney General William BarrBill BarrMajority of Republicans say 2020 election was invalid: poll Biden administration withdraws from Connecticut transgender athlete case Justice Department renews investigation into George Floyd's death: report MORE praised the law enforcement’s response to protests in Washington, D.C., in a Tuesday statement.

The attorney general said that the Monday demonstrations were “more peaceful” in the capital city and thanked law enforcement leaders for producing that result. 

“Working together, federal and local law enforcement made significant progress in restoring order to the nation’s capital,” he said.


Barr’s statement came after President TrumpDonald TrumpProsecutors focus Trump Organization probe on company's financial officer: report WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year Romney released from hospital after fall over the weekend MORE mobilized the military to respond to the protests in Washington on Monday night. Low-flying military helicopters were deployed to some areas of the cities aiming to disperse crowds.

Metropolitan Police Department Chief Peter Newsham said during a Tuesday briefing that officers made “a significant arrest” after seeing “behavior that was consistent with the behavior that preceded the very violent activity” seen the two nights before.

He said 194 arrests were made around Swann Street. 

The attorney general said “there will be even greater law enforcement resources and support” Tuesday night. 

“The most basic function of government is to provide security for people to live their lives and exercise their rights, and we will meet that responsibility here in the nation’s capital,” he said in his statement.

Trump also commended the law enforcement’s actions in the city Monday night, saying “D.C. had no problems.”


“Many arrests. Great job done by all. Overwhelming force. Domination,” he tweeted. “Likewise, Minneapolis was great (thank you President Trump!).”


Law enforcement dispersed a crowd of peaceful protesters in front of the White House with tear gas at least 15 minutes before the city’s 7 p.m. curfew on Monday. Trump then walked through the cleared area to St. John’s Church where he posed for photos with a Bible.

Several officials have slammed the president for the move, including Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser who called it “shameful.”

Trump visited the church after announcing he was mobilizing the military in the city and encouraging governors to deploy their National Guard to address protests. He said if the governors failed to do so, he would send the military to other cities.

Customs and Border Protection acting Commissioner Mark Morgan also announced on Twitter on Monday that his agency deployed troops in Washington to respond to the demonstrations. 

In his statement, Barr thanked the Metropolitan Police Department, the Defense Department, the D.C. National Guard, the FBI, Secret Service, Park Police, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Prisons, the U.S. Marshals Service, Capitol Police, Customs and Border Protection and Border Patrol units for protecting the District.