Attorney, William Bar, George Floyd discussed on The Glenn Beck Program

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So the House subcommittee where they're looking to impeach William Bar. It's going to go nowhere. They have been listening now for the last about six minutes. They have been listening to and watching videotape of the mostly peaceful protests around the country. And let's just say they weren't peaceful. You would do be hard. Pressed to tell the difference between that and the Gaza Strip, and that is. Jerry Nadler. Has It just are as just finishing up introducing and swearing in now? Attorney General William Bar It's. Lean well, let's Let's take the swearing in and the beginning of his testing sector. Attorney General Bar received as a being Ma from Columbia. University and a J D from George Washington University School of law. We welcomed the Attorney General, and we thank him for participating today now. If you would please rise, begin by swearing you in. You raise your right hand, please. Do you swear or affirm under penalty of perjury that the testimony we're about to give shoe incorrect to the best of your knowledge, information and belief help you God. Let the record show the witnesses answered in the affirmative. Thank you and please be seated. Please note that your written statement will be entered into the record in its entirety accordingly I. Ask that you summarize your testimony in five minutes to help you stay within that time. There was a timing light on your table when the light switches from. One Minute to conclude your testimony. When you start! Five minutes have expired Mr. Bar you may begin. Good Morning Chairman ranking member Jordan. Pleased to be here this morning. On behalf of the Department of Justice I, WanNa, pay my respects to your colleague Congressman John, Lewis and indomitable champion of civil rights and the rule of law. I think it is especially important to today. That he pursued his caused passionately and successfully with unwavering commitment to nonviolence. As I said my confirmation hearing the Attorney General has a unique obligation. He holds entrust the fair and impartial administration of Justice. Must ensure that there is one standard of justice applies to everyone equally, and the criminal cases are handled evenhandedly based on the law and the facts and with. Without regard to political or Considerations and I can tell you that I've handled criminal matters that have come to me for decision. In this way, the president has not attempted to interfere in these decisions on the contrary. He has told me from the start that he expects me to exercise my independent judgement to make whatever call I think is right, and that is precisely what I've done. Indeed is precisely because I feel complete freedom to do what I think is right. That induced me to serve once again as attorney general. As you just said Mr, chairman I served as attorney general under President George. H W Bush, and after that I spent many years in the corporate world I'm almost seventy years old, I was almost seventy years old him while being happily into retirement. I had nothing to prove, and I had no desire to return to government. Had No prior relationship with president trump. Let me. Turn briefly to the several pressing issues of the day. The horrible killing of George Floyd Minneapolis understandably. Jar The whole country and force us to reflect longstanding issues in the nation. Those issues obviously relate to the relationship between law enforcement and the African, American community. Keeping our history, it's understandable that among black Americans, there's some ambivalence and often distrust stored the police until just last fifty years ago. Or so our laws were institute and institutions were explicitly racist, explicitly discriminatory. It was not until the sixties that the civil rights movement finally succeeded in tearing down the Jim, Crow Edifice our laws finally came to formally embodied the guarantee of equal protection, and since then the work of securing civil rights has rightly focused on reforming institutions to ensure they better conform to our laws into our aspirations. That work it's important to acknowledge has been increasingly successful. Police today are far more diverse than they've ever been. And there are both more black police chiefs and more black officers in the ranks, well, though the death of George Floyd at the hands of the police was a shocking event. The fact is that these events are fortunately quite rare. According to statistics compiled by The Washington Post the number of unarmed black men killed by police so far this year is eight. The number of on armed white men killed by police over the same period of time is eleven. and. The overall numbers of police shootings have been decreasing. Nevertheless every instance of excessive force is unacceptable and must be addressed appropriately through legal process, as is happening now in Minneapolis, but apart from the numbers I think these events strike a deep chord in the black community because they are. Perceived as stations deeper, lingering concern that it encounters with police, blacks will not be treated even-handedly. They were not be given the benefit of the doubt. It'll be treated with greater suspicion Senator Tim Scott has recounted the numerous times. He's been justifiable, pulled over on Capitol Hill, and is one prominent black professional in Washington said to me African Americans. Often field treated as suspects. I citizens second and I think these concerns are legitimate at. The same time I think it would be an oversimplification to treat. The problem is rooted in some deep seated racism, generally infecting our police departments. It seems far more likely that the problem stems from a complex mix of factors which can be addressed with focused attention over time and we in law enforcement must be conscious of the concerns and ensure that we do not have two systems of justice. Unfortunately. Some have chosen to respond to George Floyd's death, and far less productive way by demonizing the police, promoting slogans like all cops are. And making grossly irresponsible program up proposals to fund the police, the demonization of the police, not only unfair and inconsistent with principals. All people should be treated. Individuals put gravely injurious to me her city communities. When communities turned on and pillory the police officers naturally become more risk averse and crime rates so. Unfortunately, we are seeing that now. In many our cities, the threat to black lives post by crime on the streets, massively greater than any threat posed by police misconduct. The leading cause of death for young black males is homicide. Every year. Approximately seventy five hundred black Americans are victims of homicide mass, vast majority of them around ninety percent or killed by other blacks mainly.

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