Attorney General reportedly told federal prosecutors to aggressively consider charging violent demonstrators at anti-racism protests with crimes, including with plotting to overthrow the government, several media outlets said Wednesday.
Barr spoke with U.S. attorneys around the country during a call last week following months of largely peaceful demonstrations that surged nationwide following the May 25 death of George Floyd, a Black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck. that the attorney general urged prosecutors to pursue federal charges whenever they could, listing laws they could potentially cite.
The attorney general specifically pointed to a rarely used sedition law, which criminalizes plots to overthrow the government. Although rarely invoked, violations of the provision have been