AG: Communities That Don't Show Respect To Law Enforcement Won’t Be Protected
Attorney General William Barr warned that communities that protest against law enforcement may find themselves without the protection of the police, according to The Hill.
Barr spoke to a room full of law enforcement officers during a Justice Department award ceremony to honor distinguished service in policing and made concerning remarks regarding those who don’t show “respect” to authority.
“Today, the American people have to focus on something else, which is the sacrifice and the service that is given by our law enforcement officers. And they have to start showing, more than they do, the respect and support that law enforcement deserves,” Barr said.
He reportedly added that “if communities don’t give that support and respect, they might find themselves without the police protection they need.”
Civil-rights activists were quick to condemn his remarks, calling them “revealing.”
“Barr’s words are as revealing as they are disturbing -- flagrantly dismissive of the rights of Americans of color, disrespectful to countless law enforcement officers who work hard to serve their communities, and full of a continuing disregard for the rule of law,” said Jeb Fain, spokesperson for liberal super PAC American Bridge.
Barr then likened police officers to soldiers returning home from the Vietnam War.
“In the Vietnam era, our country learned a lesson. I remember that our brave troops who served in that conflict weren’t treated very well in many cases when they came home, and sometimes they bore the brunt of people who were opposed to the war,” Barr said. “The respect and gratitude owed to them was not given. And it took decades for the American people finally to realize that.”