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Protests Barr slams Black Lives Matter, accuses the left of ‘tearing down the system’

During a House Judiciary Committee hearing, the attorney general described the federal response to the ongoing protests in Portland. (Video: The Washington Post, Photo: Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

Nearly two weeks after Democrats grilled Attorney General William P. Barr over the Justice Department’s crackdowns on racial justice protests, Barr on Sunday lashed out at the Democratic Party and the Black Lives Matter movement, saying in an interview on Fox News that liberals are intent on “tearing down the system” and calling protesters’ tactics “fascistic.”

Here are some significant developments:

  • Barr’s comments in an hour-long interview on “Life, Liberty & Levin” represented some of his harshest critiques yet of the protest movement. He slammed Black Lives Matter: “They are a revolutionary group that is interested in some form of socialism, communism.”
  • Hundreds of people smashed business windows along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile on Sunday night and into Monday morning, and police chased suspects toting bags full of goods, tackling some to the ground and blocking off streets. The unrest followed a tense day between police and Black residents after police shot and wounded a man on the city’s South Side.
  • As protests continue in Louisville following the fatal police shooting of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, the local police department now says it is limiting marches in the streets and vehicle caravans due to “ongoing safety concerns.”
  • A Black Desert Storm veteran who received a life sentence in Louisiana for selling less than $30 worth of marijuana will be released from prison. His release is part of a criminal justice reform movement across the country to pardon and release African Americans who are disproportionately jailed for long sentences for small amounts of marijuana sales and drug use.