Rep. Gosar calls for DOJ to step in as violent protests continue

FILE – In this Aug. 24, 2020 file photo, police stand near a garbage truck ablaze during protests over the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

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UPDATED 12:35 PM PT – Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) has called on the Justice Department to take action against ongoing protests across the country. He believes DOJ officials should respond to the current unrest, just like they stepped in to stop organized crime.

Gosar has acknowledged people have the right to peacefully protest, but emphasized that’s not what’s happening.

He went on to say Antifa agitators and Black Lives Matter protesters have been crossing state lines to terrorize communities across the nation.

The lawmaker added anyone causing chaos should be held accountable under the law.

FILE – In this July 20, 2020, file photo, hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters hold their phones aloft in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

“The president is in a very difficult position, where he’s got to make sure he’s supporting law and order, the police, but making sure that those local controls are also held accountable,” explained Gosar. “They also need the support from the federal government.”

The congressman pointed out that violent unrest scaled back as soon as federal agents were sent to Minneapolis and Kenosha.

In the meantime, the Democrat mayor of Portland has denied the president’s offer for federal help.

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