Barr Denies Systemic Racism Exists In Law Enforcement

CNBC reports:

“The president can use regular troops to suppress rioting,” Barr said on CBS, citing the Insurrection Act, which was last used during the 1992 Los Angeles riots over the acquittal of three police officers who violently beat Rodney King, black man who was unarmed.

Asked if he thinks there is systemic racism in law enforcement, Barr said he thinks there’s racism in the U.S. but the law enforcement system is not systemically racist, and that the U.S. is still undergoing a difficult, decades-long process of reforming institutions to be more equitable.

“I think that there are instances of bad cops,” he said. “And I think we have to be careful about automatically assuming that the actions of an individual necessarily mean that their organization is rotten.”