Attorney General Bill Barr reportedly urged district attorneys to consider charging violent criminal rioters with sedition during a Department of Justice conference call last week, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The WSJ is sourcing anonymous(as usual) prosecutors who were upset with Barr’s recommendation.
The anonymous source also claimed that Bill Barr had instructed DOJ attorneys to research the possibility of criminally charging Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan for allowing the creation of a sovereign anarchist commune within the confines of her city. The so-called Capital Hill Autonomous Zone lasted just under a month in June, a time period in which numerous shootings occurred and one wounded man died because Seattle first responders (evicted from the CHAZ)were unable to reach him in time.
2020 has seen some of the most violent and destructive rioting in the history of the United States, with more than 90% of dangerous riots during this year associated with the Black Lives Matter movement. Attorney General Barr has increasingly urged state and local prosecutors determined to look the other way to perform their duties and prosecute violent crimes committed by supporters of the riot movement.
There’s a pretty high likelihood that a Democrat prosecutor is simply making up what the Times is reporting, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea on the part of Barr if he was seriously considering it. A Justice Department spokesperson denied that Barr had been investigating the possibility of charging Mayor Durkan for providing assistance to the CHAZ on Wednesday.
ANTIFA militants speak of their intention to overthrow state and federal governments all the time, and should be held criminally responsible in turn for their violent activity.
Crime Watch: Robberies and Rapes Way Down, Homicides Way Up Across US
Some police departments are blaming the increase on the unintended consequences of coronavirus restrictions and the summer’s mass riots.
According to statistics compiled from 223 police agencies, homicides across the United States have risen more than 28 percent and aggravated assaults around nine percent in the first nine months of 2020.
A Washington Post article details some of the cities where homicides have risen dramatically since this time last year. For example, Boston’s homicide rate has increased by 52 percent and Fort Worth’s by 66 percent. Interestingly enough, the cities that experienced some of the worst summer rioting have seen homicides skyrocket the most: Minneapolis (85 percent increase), Louisville (79 percent increase), Portland (68 percent increase), and Milwaukee (110 percent increase).
Overall, 70 percent of the large cities surveyed saw an increase in homicides, 21 percent a decrease, and nine percent no change.
There are several factors that could account for this, such as the coronavirus lockdowns and restrictions, the mass riots over “police brutality” and “systemic racism,” law enforcement budget cuts, and criminal justice reform.
In Houston, a city that did not see the levels of summer chaos that other cities saw, homicides are up 35 percent, and Houston Police Department Assistant Chief Heather Morris is partly blaming bail reform.
“We had 28 suspects last year who were on bond or parole when they committed a murder,” Morris said, “and this year we’ve had 44. The person who killed one of our officers a week ago was out on $100 bond for unlawfully possessing a weapon. […] Bond reform in some cases is needed, but you have people who allegedly committed violent crimes getting out on bond when they haven’t in the past.”
Chuck Wexler, Executive Director of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), said of the nationwide spikes: “We haven’t seen numbers like this since the ’90s. We’ve had 20 years of steady declines in crime. Is this just an aberration, or does this portend something for the future? This has been under the radar because of the pandemic, but something’s happening across the country in the most serious crimes. The next administration, they’re going to have to pay serious attention to this.”
Despite these troubling numbers in homicide rates, rapes and robberies are significantly down compared to last year. 73 percent of large cities reported decreases in robberies and 86 percent in rapes. This may be due to the coronavirus pandemic as well, since people are not out and about at the same level as last year.
In other recent crime news, Big League Politics reported that minorities are more likely to commit hate crimes than whites, per FBI statistics.
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