Congressman Guy Reschenthaler Backs Up Barr Testimony

U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler speaks during a House Judiciary Committee hearing considering reforms to national policing practices June 17, 2020 in Washington, DC

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – United States Attorney General William Barr testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, defending the decision to send federal law enforcement to cities that are experiencing violence, chaos, and rioting.

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“The mainstream media is trying to say that the riots are occurring because there are federal officials there. It’s the other way around; the federal officers are there because there are the riots and looting,” United States Congressman Guy Reschenthaler said during an interview with the KDKA Radio Morning Show on Wednesday.

The federal officials are defending U.S. federal property, like courthouses, while trying to prevent destruction at the same time - mainly because the powers of local authorities are being limited.

The chief of police in Seattle is battling the mayor of Seattle because the police chief is not receiving the resources she needs to protect downtown Seattle.

“The chief of police in Seattle actually sent a letter to business owners saying, ‘look, you are on your own because the mayor is not allowing me to fully engage my officers with those that are engaged in these riots and violent looting,’” Rep. Reschenthaler explains.

“Autonomous zones” are starting to pop up in some of these cities. Those living in the “autonomous zones” live by their own rules and laws.

However, the U.S. Constitution guarantee’s individuals the right to have a representative government no matter where they are.

“When you have these autonomous zones that are being set up, those that are in the autonomous zone - whether they are living in the autonomous zone or working in the autonomous zone, have been deprived the constitutional right to have a representative government,” Rep. Reschenthaler adds.

You can listen to the full conversation with Rep. Reschenthaler below to learn more.

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