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Attorney General Bill Barr pushes ‘sedition’ charges against racial justice protesters


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Dave Goldiner, New York Daily News

Wed, September 16, 2020

Attorney General Bill Barr reportedly wants to charge racial justice protesters with sedition, a harsh move that would dramatically raise the stakes in the Trump administration’s crackdown on dissent.

Barr ordered federal prosecutors on a recent conference call to consider charging demonstrators with trying to overthrow the government, not just attacking law enforcement officers or damaging federal buildings, the Wall Street Journal reported.


Civil rights advocates object to what they call an effort to criminalize revolutionary opinion or speech. They contend there are many laws that adequately punish protesters who act violently without infringing their First Amendment rights.

President Trump, who frequently praises Barr’s tough talk, has repeatedly accused conventional political rivals of “treason” and famously made “lock her up” a signature mantra of his successful 2016 presidential campaign.



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