Attorney General William Barr faced a grilling from Democrats at a contentious congressional hearing Tuesday as he spoke about the protests following George Floyd’s death and defended federal intervention in major cities where the administration says there has been a spate of violence.
In his opening statement before the House Judiciary Committee hearing, Barr said that Floyd’s death at the hands of police in May “understandably jarred the whole country and forced us to reflect on longstanding issues in our nation.”
And while it was a “shocking event,” Barr said, “The fact is that these events are fortunately quite rare.”
“According to statistics compiled by the Washington Post, the number of unarmed black men killed by police so far this year is eight. The number of unarmed white men killed by police over the same time period is 11,” he testified.
Barr added, “The threat to black lives posed by crime on the streets is massively greater than any threat posed by police misconduct. The leading cause of death for young black males is homicide.”
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