The United States Attorney General, William Barr, who acted in the same role for President George H.W. Bush made some interesting comments in an exclusive interview on CNN.
The Attorney General defended the actions of police, inferring shootings of Black Americans often weren’t racially motivated.
“I don’t think there are two justice systems,” Barr said in a sometimes contentious interview on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” “I think the narrative that the police are in some epidemic of shooting unarmed black men is simply a false narrative and also the narrative that’s based on race.”
Barr acknowledged, however, did say at times White Americans and Black Americans are treated differently.
“I think there are some situations where statistics would suggest that they are treated differently. But I don’t think that that’s necessarily racism,” Barr said.
He continued by saying “Didn’t Jesse Jackson say that when he looks behind him and he sees a group of young Black males walking behind him, he’s more scared than when he sees a group of White youths walking behind him,” Barr added. “Does that make him a racist?”
The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. said later Wednesday that Barr had taken his comments out of context. Rev. Jackson clarified by saying his comment was in the early ’90s his family lived in a rough neighborhood or as he described “drug-infested neighborhood,” where “a family member’s son was killed right in front of my house, killed right in front of my wife, a drug thing.”
Jackson said the comment was specifically towards that “the young man” who killed his relative. “If he comes behind me, I would be afraid,” Jackson said.
“Now what Mr. Barr said is the opposite about what I meant about crime,” he said. “Those shot in Wisconsin, the killings in Ferguson and the killing in Atlanta, Breonna (Taylor) and George Floyd, all of those were police killings that had nothing to do with who was coming down the street.”
“I would love to have a conversation with William Barr,” Jackson added.
Barr also described how followers of the Antifa movement are working in an organized manner.
“I’ve talked to every police chief in every city where there’s been major violence and they all have identified Antifa as the ramrod for the violence,” Barr said.
Race was not the only topic covered by Blitzer. The CNN host asked about Trump repeatedly asking for former Vice President Biden and President Obama to be investigated for “spying on his campaign” Asked whether it was appropriate for Trump to be asking the attorney general to launch a criminal investigation against his political opponents, Barr replied, “I didn’t take that as launching a criminal investigation. We’re reviewing the Russiagate thing, and I think he’s interested in the results of it.”
The AG repeated his previously made statement that neither President Obama nor Vice President Biden are under investigation.