Police bias 'widespread phenomenon': AG Barr

Attorney General William Barr speaks to ABC News exclusively about race, policing and the night peaceful protestors were forcefully removed outside the white house.
2:41 | 07/09/20

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All right, George, thank you. Now that ABC news exclusive with attorney general William Barr talking about race and policing. The black lives movement. The matter lives matter movement and that matter largely peaceful protesters were removed outside the white house and Pierre Thomas spoke with Barr and has more. Reporter: In the wake of nationwide protesting spurred by the death of George Floyd, attorney general William Barr acknowledging African-Americans do face bias in policing. I do think that it is a widespread phenomenon that African-American males, particularly, are treated with extra suspicion and maybe not given the benefit of the doubt. Reporter: While Barr acknowledges there is some police reform needed, he remains steadfast that most police are doing a good job and he rejects any notion of defunding law enforcement. But Barr chose not to engage on the question of whether the president was stoking racial tensions. He was saying things like that the removing the flags from NASCAR events hurt a lot of people. This week he retweeted something where someone was yelling white power. I haven't seen what the president said. What's your view of black lives matter and are you willing to say black lives matter? I'd make a distinction between the organization which I don't agree with. They have a broader agenda, but in terms of the proposition that black lives matter, obviously black lives matter. I think all live, all human life is sacred. Reporter: We pressed Barr about that moment in June when mostly peaceful protesters were cleared out of Lafayette park by Barr said he wanted the perimeter expanded but it had nothing to do with that photo-op. Was it done because the president was going to go over and walk and have a photo -op? It was to take the protesters up "I" street and had gone through three nights of protests and 80 or 90 officers were injured. Fires in the white house quad essentially, and we were determined that that wasn't going to go on for a fourth night. And you're not uncomfortable with what you saw? No. Reporter: It was a wide-ranging interview, Barr noting that he believes Roger stone's conviction was righteous and stone deserves prison time but with stone possibly reporting next week Barr admitted it's the president's call whether to commute his sentence or pardon him. Something the president appears to be considering, George. Pierre Thomas, thanks very much.

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