During Tuesday’s hearing, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee asked Attorney General Barr “I ask you this question. Does the Trump Justice Department seek to end systemic racism and racism in law enforcement? I just need a yes or no answer.”
Barr told Lee the Trump admin would enforce all civil rights laws when he was abruptly cut off by Jackson-Lee asking again “So, you agree there may be systemic racism?”
“In where?” said Barr. “I don’t agree that there is systemic racism in the police department, generally, in the country.”
In response to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee asking if the Justice Dept. seeks "to end systemic racism and racism in law enforcement", AG Barr says he does not "agree that there is systemic racism in the police department," but there is "generally in this country." pic.twitter.com/9kOZkGhB4l
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) July 28, 2020
Jackson Lee went on to accuse Barr of being more concerned with defending Trump’s allies than racial justice.
“Your focus was more to let out friends like Roger Stone and Paul Manafort. While Tamir Rice, whose case has not been taken up, was playing with a toy gun, was killed by police at the age of 12; Breonna Taylor was sleeping in her apartment when she was killed by police at age 26; and Rayshard Brooks, 27, was killed just for sleeping in his car in a Wendy’s parking lot; and George Floyd, from Houston, Texas, known as ‘a humble man,’ was murdered in the streets of Minneapolis, crying, ‘I can’t breathe.’” Jackson Lee argued.
Jackson Lee then asked Barr if she knew about “the talk” black parents have about their children on how to behave when confronted by police.
“I think I do,” Barr said.
“I don’t know if you do,” Jackson Lee fired back.
Jackson Lee later appeared on CNN with Anderson Cooper.
Neither AG Barr or Pres. Trump believe systemic racism exist, says Democratic Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee, who grilled the nation’s top law enforcement officer in Congress earlier today.
Neither AG Barr or Pres. Trump believe systemic racism exist, says Democratic Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee, who grilled the nation's top law enforcement officer in Congress earlier today. https://t.co/Jfr7psp25G pic.twitter.com/HOom4ODzKj
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) July 29, 2020