As rioting and violence escalates across the nation, Attorney General Bill Barr has ordered federal riot teams to deploy to Washington, D.C., and Miami to crack down on the explosion of unrest.
USA Today first reported on Monday afternoon that “riot teams are being sent from the federal Bureau of Prisons, while the FBI also has directed its elite Hostage Rescue Unit to help in D.C., a senior Justice Department official said.”
Barr warned on Sunday that the violence proliferating across the nation “is domestic terrorism and will be treated accordingly,” specifically targeting radical leftist group ANTIFA as the “instigator” of the shocking destruction consuming American cities.
Barr continued in his statement condemning the violence on Sunday:
It is time to stop watching the violence and to confront and stop it. The continued violence and destruction of property endangers the lives and livelihoods of others, and interferes with the rights of peaceful protestors, as well as all other citizens.
Federal law enforcement actions will be directed at apprehending and charging the violent radical agitators who have hijacked peaceful protest and are engaged in violations of federal law.
Clashes between rioters and law enforcement outside the White House have resulted in the injury of over 60 Secret Service agents since Friday, and attempts to breach the barrier surrounding the White House have forced Donald Trump to be sequestered in a secure bunker underneath the White House for several nights in a row.
Nationwide, in just six days, chaotic protests-turned-riots have resulted in dozens of injuries, the arrests of more than 4,400 hundred, untold destruction of private property, and several deaths.