Report: U.S. Attorney General has told prosecutors to be tough on anti-racism protesters

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The US Attorney General has reportedly told prosecutors to be tough on anti-racism protesters and prosecute them with federal charges, including sedition.


According to Wall Street Journal, William Barr urged the prosecutors to consider a number of federal counts when lodging charges. He reportedly warned them that the violent protests across the country could get worse as the Election Day approaches. Sedition is a rarely-used charge in the U-S and is usually reserved for someone plotting to overthrow the government. The charge is punishable by 20 years in prison. So far, the Justice Department has filed federal charges against more than 200 defendants arrested during the anti-racism protests. However, the charges lodged are largely firearms violations, arson and offenses related to failure to obey law enforcement.

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