Attorney General William Barr,
Barr also insisted that left-wing extremists were the main reason for violence and police chiefs in every city informed him of that.
“I’ve talked to every police chief in every city where there’s been major violence, and they all have identified Antifa as the ramrod for the violence,” Barr said.
However, the chief of police for Portland, where confrontations have lasted weeks, has not spoken to the attorney general, according to the police department there.
The Atlanta Police Department, which saw violent demonstrations earlier this summer, said it could not speak so absolutely about Antifa’s role in the violence.
“The APD data analysis unit is unable to confirm the gravity of this statement regarding Antifa and the level of violence. We are aware of their presence at the protests, but we are not able to speak to the degree of their participation in the violence,” the police department said in a statement.
Atlanta’s interim police chief, who has been with the department since June 2020, has not spoken to Barr, the APD said.
Miami’s head of police has also not spoken to Barr, according to Sgt. Erin Alfonso, though they have had discussions with law enforcement under the attorney general.
“Our director has not spoken directly to Attorney General William Barr. However, members of his command staff have participated in intelligence conference calls with our federal partners, who work under AG Barr,” Alfonso said. “During these calls, Antifa has come up as a topic; however, the particulars of the calls are considered intelligence information and the details are not being disclosed.”