Attorney General Bill Barr accused Black Lives Matter (BLM) activists of using a “small number of blacks who are killed” in police-related incidents as “props” Wednesday.
Barr made the comments during a speech at Hillsdale University during its Constitution Day. He slammed the BLM movement, saying that activists are using incidents to “achieve a much broader political agenda,” the Washington Post reported.
“They’re not interested in black lives,” Barr said according to The Post. “They’re interested in props, a small number of blacks who are killed by police during conflicts with police — usually less than a dozen a year — who they can use as props to achieve a much broader political agenda.”
“You know, putting a national lockdown, stay at home orders, is like house arrest,” Barr said. “Other than slavery, which was a different kind of restraint, this is the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history.”
In a separate conversation, Barr allegedly told federal prosecutors to be more aggressive with rioters, adding that they should think about charging some with sedition, the Wall Street Journal reported. (RELATED: ‘We Will Go After People’: Attorney General Barr Promises To Prosecute Rioters)