Billy Barr suggests withholding police protection to communities who don’t show more respect to cops

"If communities don’t give that support and respect, they might find themselves without the police protection they need.”

“But I think today, American people have to focus on something else, which is the sacrifice and the service that is given by our law enforcement officers,” Barr said. “And they have to start showing, more than they do, the respect and support that law enforcement deserves ― and if communities don’t give that support and respect, they might find themselves without the police protection they need.”

AG Billy Barr delivered a speech at the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Policing. The US’ top cop appeared to have suggested that “if some communities don’t begin showing more respect to law enforcement, then they could potentially not be protected by police officers.”

Although AG Barr did not elaborate on his comments, Jeb Fain from American Bridge, a liberal super PAC told HuffPost:

“The Attorney General isn’t being subtle and that shouldn’t surprise us considering this administration’s record. When it comes to communities of color, he sees justice and equal protection under the law as subject to conditions. 

“Barr’s words are as revealing as they are disturbing ― flagrantly dismissive of the rights of Americans of color, disrespectful to countless law enforcement officers who work hard to serve their communities, and full of a continuing disregard for the rule of law.”

During a speech to the Fraternal Order of Police, Barr suggested that the US needs to adopt a ‘zero tolerance for resisting police.’

There is another development that is demoralizing to law enforcement and dangerous to public safety.  That is the emergence in some of our large cities of District Attorneys that style themselves as “social justice” reformers, who spend their time undercutting the police, letting criminals off the hook, and refusing to enforce the law.

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