Barr Told Prosecutors to Consider Sedition Charges for Protest Violence - 2020-09-16

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F37.png Barr Told Prosecutors to Consider Sedition Charges for Protest Violence September 16, 2020, Katie Benner, New York Times

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr told federal prosecutors in a call last week that they should consider charging rioters and others who had committed violent crimes at protests in recent months with sedition, according to two people familiar with the call.

The highly unusual suggestion to charge people with insurrection against lawful authority alarmed some on the call, which included U.S. attorneys around the country, said the people, who described Mr. Barr's comments on the condition of anonymity for fear of retribution.

The attorney general has also asked prosecutors in the Justice Department's civil rights division to explore whether they could bring criminal charges against Mayor Jenny Durkan of Seattle for allowing some residents to establish a police-free protest zone near the city's downtown for weeks this summer, according to two people briefed on those discussions.

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