Cities and communities across the country are being damaged and destroyed as protests have largely turned into riots.
Now, Attorney General Bill Barr is making clear that he’s had enough.
“We must have law and order on our streets and in our communities,” Barr declared at a press conference, according to the New York Post.
“It is a federal crime to cross state lines or to use interstate facilities to incite or participate in violent rioting,” he explained, adding, “We will enforce these laws.”
Barr was referring to the Anti-Riot Act, a 1968 law that states those convicted under its provisions can face a punishment of up to half a decade in prison.
His remarks came in light of protests–turned–riots that first began in Minnesota after video emerged last week of a now-former Minneapolis police officer kneeling on an unarmed black man’s neck for more than eight minutes, leading to his apparent death.
Derek Chauvin, the police officer, was arrested late Friday morning and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for the death of George Floyd.
But the charges haven’t stopped rioters from destroying and damaging cities across America — and Barr is not happy about it.
“Groups of outside radicals and agitators are exploiting the situation to pursue their own separate and violent agenda,” the attorney general said.
Like Barr, President Donald Trump has also suggested that these rioters aren’t associated with the group protesting Floyd’s death.
Trump announced Sunday that the U.S. government will designate the far-left group Antifa as a terrorist organization.
“The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization,” Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon.
The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2020
Antifa is a violent group of hardcore leftists who wear masks, riot gear, and many seek to inflict violence against anyone who supports Trump.
The far-left group has been involved in several protests, where Trump supporters, police, and even media reporters have been assaulted by the group’s members during protests.
Several lawmakers and others have called Antifa a domestic terror group. They wear masks, riot gear, and seek to inflict violence against anyone who disagrees with their progressive viewpoints.
Many have also been urging for tougher measures against this violent leftist group, and the videos showing members of the group assaulting, cursing, and attacking innocent civilians tell people everything they need to know about Antifa.
Despite Antifa being a violent group of hardcore leftists who wear masks, riot gear, and seek to inflict violence against anyone who doesn’t support them — Democrats continue to praise the group.