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Barr made the controversial comments during a speech at the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service in Policing on Tuesday in front of a room full of cops and prosecutors in Washington, DC.

"If it follows how his other reports have gone, it will probably include a lot of really damaging information about what the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other parts of the Department of Justice were doing, but it probably won't come down very hard on the people who were doing it", she said.

Barr expressed appreciation at the reaction servicemembers receive today.

He observed that during the Vietnam era, returning troops "bore the brunt of people who were opposed to the war, and the respect and gratitude owed them was not given".

"If the IG comes out and says, yeah, [widespread surveillance] happened, but no big deal, I think people will be livid because they have been waiting for some kind of accountability", Hemingway said, adding the Justice Department has "wide latitude" under the law when it comes to what actions they can take in their work.

If officers aren't given the same level of respect, it could have negative impacts on the communities where they serve, the attorney general said. However, both newspapers say Barr disagrees with that finding.

Barr has maintained a staunch "tough on crime" approach since becoming attorney general in February, going against a nationwide push for criminal justice reform.


Former New York federal prosecutor Mimi Rocah wrote: 'These are despicable & unsafe comments from the AG, who leads law enforcement.

Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner tweeted that Barr would be ideal to lead law enforcement in North Korea, while former Assistant U.S. Attorney Mimi Rocah characterized Barr's words as "despicable and unsafe".

Barr appeared to be drawing an analogy to modern activism against police brutality, activism of which President Donald Trump has always been a vocal opponent.

Barr acknowledged that there are "bad apples" in law enforcement, just as there are in all human institutions. Even individuals in those communities who might support and respect police?

In his speech, Barr compared being in law enforcement to being in the military. He called law enforcement the most "noble profession" a person could pursue.

'We should all be grateful for the sacrifices and service of police officers, but misconduct should be called out and addressed.

"Blind devotion is not a requirement for receiving police service", she wrote.

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