Benjamin Parker asks a very legitimate quesiton.
One of his points should really get people who know how to think to do so: “Looting, vandalism, and even assault are all state crimes, not the responsibility of the Justice Department or the attorney general. (Emphasis added) (Rioting can, in certain instances, be a federal crime, but even senior Justice Department officials are quick to grant that the statute has some friction with the First Amendment and must be interpreted and applied carefully.) Even if it’s salutary for the nation’s chief law-enforcement officer to use his stature and authority to decry violence, Barr went several steps further, pledging that “federal law enforcement efforts are focused on the violent instigators.””
Condemn the violence, by all means. But that should include the violence visited on peaceful protesters by law enforcement. Not to mention the reasoning behind the protests in the first place.