Barr: DOJ will take action against crossing state lines for “violent rioting” – By Orion Rummler (Axios) / May 30 2020
Without citing evidence, Attorney General Bill Barr denounced what he described as “planned” violence from “far-left extremist groups” on Saturday, in response to many U.S. cities erupting in protest through Friday evening over the killing of George Floyd.
Driving the news: President Trump quickly echoed Barr’s statement on Twitter, saying that “‘Crossing State lines to incite violence is a FEDERAL CRIME! Liberal Governors and Mayors need to get tougher on protestors or the federal government will use “the unlimited power of our Military and many arrests.”
- Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said Saturday that the state believes 80% of protestors came from out of state.
- Mayor Melvin Carter of St. Paul, Minnesota, walked back his original statement on Saturday that everyone arrested during protests in the city was “from out of state,” according to multiple reports, saying that the arrest data he was shown was inaccurate.
Reality check: Neither the president nor Barr provided information about why they believe protesters are crossing state lines to incite violence. Mass protests broke out Friday night in multiple U.S. cities across multiple states, with some escalating into violence and property destruction.