Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) took issue with Attorney General William Barr’s opening statement, which invoked a “nonviolence” statement regarding the civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-GA). On Tuesday, during a House Judiciary Hearing Richmond accused Attorney General William Barr of presiding over institutional racism at the Department of Justice pointing out Barr has not appointed a black person to a single key DOJ post.
At a House Judiciary Committee hearing after hearing A.G. Bill Barr’s opening statement lauding the “nonviolence” philosophy of Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) ripped the attorney General for systemic racism…
“You started your testimony with eloquent words about the life and legacy of John Lewis fighting systematic racism, voter intimidation, civil rights,” Richmond said. “The one thing that you have in common with your two predecessors — Attorney General Sessions and Attorney General Whitaker — is that when you all came here and brought your top staff, you brought no Black people.”
“That, sir, is systematic racism…That is exactly what John Lewis spent his life-fighting. And so, I would just suggest that actions speak louder than words, and you really should keep the name of the honorable John Lewis out of the Department of Justice’s mouth.”
Barr and the Trump administration blame Black Lives Matter’s protesters for the riots, and property damage in Minneapolis Police have identified the so-called “umbrella man” who set off a chain reaction that led to days of rioting and looting in the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing.
The Star Tribune is reporting that the “umbrella man” has been identified as a 32-year-old white supremacist associated with the biker gangs Aryan Cowboys and Hell’s Angels. Still, his name was not released because he has not yet been charged. The Tribune’s report…
“This was the first fire that set off a string of fires and looting throughout the precinct and the rest of the city,” police arson investigator Erika Christensen wrote in a search warrant affidavit filed this week in court. “Until the actions of the person, your affiant has been calling ‘Umbrella man,’ the protests had been relatively peaceful. The actions of this person created an atmosphere of hostility and tension. Your affiant believes that this individual’s sole aim was to incite violence.”
An anonymous email tipped off the police to the masked man’s identity. It claimed that he intended to incite further racial tension in the demonstrations that had remained peaceful to that point. The resulting violence left two people dead and caused an estimated $500 million in property damage for which President Trump and the United Stated Department of Justice have blamed the Black Lives Matter protesters.
A live stream video recorded May 27, two days after Floyd’s killing by officers, showed ‘umbrella man’ walk up to an Auto Zone store, smash the windows with a sledgehammer and then argue with protesters who tried to persuade him to stop.
During his rampage, the ‘umbrella man” painted “free sh*t for everyone zone” on the store’s glass doors. The same man has been connected to an incident in Stillwater, Minnesota, where men wearing white supremacist clothes menaced a Muslim woman and her 4-year-old daughter at a restaurant. He was wearing leather vests marked with the emblem of the Aryan Cowboys, Hell’s Angels, and Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.
Cedric Richmond to Bill Barr: Keep John Lewis' name out of your mouth'