Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, questioned Attorney General William Barr in a hearing on Tuesday, July 28, on whether he believes systemic racism is a problem within law enforcement.
“You indicated that the killing of George Floyd was shocking. I disagree. It was outright cold blooded murder on the streets of America, unfortunately by police misconduct,” Jackson Lee said to Barr. “You seem to have a difficult time understanding systemic racism and institutional racism that has plagued so many.”
Barr disputed that there is systemic racism in policing.
Jackson Lee questioned Barr during a committee hearing examining whether he has inappropriately politicized the Justice Department. Democrats launched the investigation earlier this year over Barr’s handling of the case against Roger Stone, a close ally of President Donald Trump, whose 40-month prison sentence was commuted by the president this month. Democrats have since expanded their probe to several subsequent episodes in which they believe Barr is working for Trump’s own benefit.
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