Barr promises justice for George Floyd, calls for law and order

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTVO) — U.S. Attorney General William Barr said that justice would be done in the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.

Barr said Floyd’s case highlighted why many African-Americans lack confidence in the U.S. justice system, but called for law and order as protesters demonstrate against police brutality.

“Our free society depends on the rule of law,” Barr said at a news conference in Washington on Thursday. “When the rule of law breaks down the promise of America does also.”

Barr said “extremist agitators” have been turning otherwise peaceful First Amendment protests into violence.

He said the Department of Justice is receiving realtime intelligence on efforts to turn protests violent, and said the FBI and ATF are deploying resources to deal with those threats.

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