Rep. Gerald Nadler-D, excoriated AG Robert Barr and the Justice Department for, and I am paraphrasing, “turning a blind eye to necessary reforms to police departments, for dismissing Black Lives Matter protests and for flooding streets with federal agents to stop protesters. Nadler went on to say how the federal police were being politically biased, trying to stop protesters from merely exercising their free speech.
Nadler closed without allowing Mr. Barr an opportunity to respond. However, the next representative yielded his time to Barr. Barr replied the demonstrators Nadler was referring to were not non-violent! That police officers acted solely in defense of public property when they were attacked by rioters with explosive devices, rocks and bottles. Three officers may have suffered permanent blindness from a high powered laser directed at them. Other officers have suffered severe injuries from flying bottle, balloons filled kerosene, broken glass and bricks and explosive fireworks type devices.
The Federal police were assigned to protect federal property (public property) from rioters because the local police would not. Barr explained these are NOT the simple protesters that Nadler was trying to depict. These were criminals that have attacked police and laid siege to a court house for two months, doing everything they can to destroy it or burn it down. Meanwhile the Portland police are no where to be seen. They were told to stand down by the Mayor and a corrupt city council.