Weekend Wrap-Up — June 8, 2020

Weekend Wrap-Up — June 8, 2020

(TargetLiberty.org) – The last couple of weeks haven’t been the best for the US. Protests across the country have erupted into chaos. This past weekend proved no better. In Buffalo, NY, the city grappled with what to do after an incident there last week. President Donald Trump’s administration responded to the accusation that the country’s law enforcement agencies have a problem with systemic racism. Finally, on Sunday, US Attorney General Bill Barr spoke out about the controversy surrounding recent protests outside of the White House.

Buffalo Has a Big Problem

Last week, a video surfaced of two members of the Buffalo Emergency Response Team pushing an elderly man down while clearing an area near City Hall.

 

The 75-year-old man reportedly sustained a head injury and had to be taken to the hospital.

The officers, Aaron Torgalski and Robert McCabe, were initially suspended, however, they remain on the force. That led to 57 other members of the team resigning their positions with the response team. They said they were just following orders to clear the area. Well, now, the two officers involved are being charged with second-degree assault.

There’s speculation that the elderly man is an agitator, but whether that’s true remains to be seen. In the meantime, the officers are facing up to seven years in prison.

Trump Officials Reassure Americans

Protesters across the country claim there’s a problem with systemic racism within police departments. Attorney General Bill Barr and acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf are trying to reassure the public that not all police all bad, however, “…some abuse their jobs.”

They both agreed that yes, some officers should not hold their positions, but the vast majority are good, capable and trustworthy.

AG Speaks Out

On June 1, President Donald Trump walked out of the White House gates and over to St. John’s Episcopal Church to survey the damage from a fire allegedly set by rioters. The media accused the administration of gassing peaceful protesters in order for the president to take a photo, but AG Bill Barr is disputing this.

During an interview with CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” Barr said the protests were not peaceful. According to the AG, 150 police officers were injured. He explained they had to “get control” over the situation in Lafayette Park and they did that as soon as they could.

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