U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr is set to testify today before the House Judiciary Committee. In advance of his testimony AG Barr released his opening statement.
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Attorney General Barr recently testified in a contentious hearing before the House Judiciary Commitee. Some are saying that this was a dreadful affair, in which the Democrat majority members delivered lying biased diatribes, viciously attacked AG Barr personally, refused to permit Barr to respond to their questions, and generally showed themselves to be cheap political hacks. But this cannot be true. Surely the distinguished Democrat ladies and gentlemen of the Committee would never stoop to gutter behavior which would demean both the Committee and the magnificent institution that is Congress..For, if they had participated in such a series of outrages, they would have proven beyond doubt that they really are the vile, disgusting, repulsive, uncouth, anti-American, left wing excuses for humanity that so many people say they are..Stanley T. EscuderoAmbassador of the United States (retired)RECVC Member.
Unfortunately, some have chosen to respond to George Floyd's death in a far less productive way - by demonizing the police, promoting slogans like ACAB (All Cops Are Bastards), and making grossly irresponsible proposals to defund the police. The demonization of police is not only unfair and inconsistent with the principle that all people should be treated as individuals, but gravely injurious to our inner city communities.
There is no harder job in America today than being a police officer. When officers respond to an emergency, whether a catastrophe like 9/11 or an everyday crime, they do not set out to protect white people or black people. They risk and sometimes give their lives to protect and serve all people, and all people owe them thanks.
When a community turns on and pillories its own police, officers naturally become more risk averse and crime rates soar. Unfortunately, we are seeing that now in many of our major cities. This is a critical problem that exists apart from disagreements on other issues. The threat to black lives posed by crime on the streets is massively greater than any threat posed by police misconduct.
The leading cause of death for young black males is homicide. Every year approximately 7,500 black Americans are victims of homicide, and the vast majority of them – around 90 percent – are killed by other blacks, mainly by gunfire. Each of those lives matter.
And it is not just that crime snuffs out lives. Crime snuffs out opportunity. Children cannot thrive in playgrounds and schools dominated by gangs and drug pushers. Businesses do not locate in unsafe neighborhoods.
When the police are attacked, when they are defunded, when they are driven out of urban communities, it is black lives that will suffer most from their absence.