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The U.S. Attorney General defends the use of tear gas against demonstrators in Washington on Monday

June 5, 2020

Attorney General of the United States, William Barr, defended the use of tear gas and rubber bullets against protesters over the death of Afro-American citizen George Floyd on Thursday outside the White House in Washington.

Barr, who stated that difficulties in relocating the authorities forced the police and protesters to confront each other, has affected the fact that the crowd has “become more rebellious” and that the use of violence is not related to the fact that the president Donald Trump leaves the White House to photograph himself with the Bible at Saint John’s Church.

“There was no correlation between our tactical plan to move the block around and the president going to church,” Barr said at a press conference, CNN Television reported.

The U.S. Attorney General defends the use of tear gas against demonstrators in Washington on MondayThe U.S. Attorney General defends the use of tear gas against demonstrators in Washington on Monday

With that in mind, he argued that the agents had already decided to extend the protective barrier around the White House to create “more than a shock absorber” after the “serious disturbances” that occurred over the weekend.