These measures are being taken as a response to protesters throwing bottles and rocks at officers, according to Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen. And Minnesota officials say a range of out-of-staters, including armed white supremacists, and have incited violence.
The Justice Department has vowed to treat the "violence instigated and carried out by antifa & other similar groups" as domestic terrorism.
Barr on Tuesday congratulated the various law enforcement agencies on the ground in Washington, D.C. and said Monday "night was a more peaceful night" because of it.
While speaking at the Kennedy Space Center on Saturday, Trump blamed the violence during the protests on groups like Antifa and the "radical left," but he didn't offer any proof.
Asked Monday what legal authority the president would have for labeling antifa a terror organization, McEnany pointed to the existing statute under the US criminal code that defines acts of domestic and worldwide terrorism.
Law enforcement officers, using flash bangs and tear gas, took aggressive action Monday night to clear protesters away from Lafayette Park near the White House in advance of President Donald Trump's walk to a nearby church for a photo opportunity. Minnesota authorities also have charged Chauvin with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
Trump on Friday expressed sympathy for Floyd's family.
The finger pointing on both sides of the political spectrum is likely to deepen the political divide in the US, allowing politicians to advance the theory that aligns with their political view and distract from the underlying frustrations that triggered the protests.
The violence has only escalated since.
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Several states, including Texas, have activated their national guards in an effort to curb the violence.
The protests in downtown Denver, which started on May 28 and have continued daily, have been characterized by both large, peaceful demonstrations and tense confrontations between some people on the streets and law enforcement.
Videos have also captured armed militia groups and antifascist protestors in multiple cities.
"The last few days have seen protests in Denver hijacked by criminal elements, who have turned these protests into violent riots in our own communities".
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler announced Tuesday that the panel will hear testimony from whistleblowers and former department officials who are prepared to describe "specific incidents of misconduct" and the politicization of the department under Barr and President Donald Trump.
"Even if it were a real group, the law that lets the government deem entities as terrorists only applies to foreign organisations", he said.
"Where is that concern today?" she added.
"As long as everybody understands what they are doing, that they are FAKE NEWS and truly bad people with a sick agenda, we can easily work through them to GREATNESS!" the president said. "80% of the RIOTERS in Minneapolis last night were from OUT OF STATE", he falsely wrote on Saturday.
The members do most of their organizing and fundraising on a mix of social media sites before assembling from far and wide for protests.
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