Barr: 'I don't think that the law enforcement system is systemically racist'

Barr: 'I don't think that the law enforcement system is systemically racist'

Attorney General William BarrBill BarrEx-FBI lawyer Clinesmith to plead guilty in Durham probe Barr says some results on probe into Russia investigation could be released before election Hillicon Valley: 'Fortnite' owner sues Apple after game is removed from App Store | Federal agencies seize, dismantle cryptocurrency campaigns of major terrorist organizations MORE said Sunday that he doesn’t think the law enforcement system in the U.S. is “systemically racist" as protests over George Floyd's death continue across the country.

CBS’s “Face The Nation” moderator Margaret Brennan asked the attorney general if he believed there is “systemic racism in law enforcement.”

Barr responded, “I think there's racism in the United States still but I don't think that the law enforcement system is systemically racist.”

“I understand the distrust, however, of the African American community given the history in this country,” he added. 

Barr said the U.S. has to acknowledge that “for most of our history, our institutions were explicitly racist.”

“Since the 1960s, I think we've been in a phase of reforming our institutions and making sure that they're in sync with our laws and aren't fighting a rearguard action to impose inequities,” he said.

When Brennan asked if the reforming was “working,” Barr said it’s been “difficult,” but “I think it is working and progress has been made.”

Other Trump administration officials said on Sunday shows that systemic racism in law enforcement didn’t exist. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonTrump administration ends Obama fair housing rule Castro urges Dems to seize moment on social reform Overnight Health Care: Fauci says 'bizarre' efforts to discredit him only hurt the White House | Alabama to require face masks | House panel probes 'problematic' government contracts MORE told CNN’s “State of the Union” that he grew up in a time “when there was real systemic racism,” which is “very uncommon now.” 

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad WolfChad WolfTravel restrictions with Mexico, Canada extended to mid-September Schumer calls for Wolf, Cuccinelli to step down after watchdog says their appointments violate law Government watchdog finds top Trump DHS officials are ineligible for their positions MORE  also said there is no “systemic racism problem” in law enforcement but added there are officers who “abuse their jobs.”

Floyd died after being detained by Minneapolis police last month. Video footage showed former officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck during his detainment as Floyd said he couldn't breathe and became unresponsive.