Barr: More Funding Is Needed for Police, Not Less

U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Thursday pushed back against calls to defund the police in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

A movement to dismantle police departments or reallocate large chunks of their budget to social services gained support after Floyd’s death. Barr, speaking at a news conference in Little Rock, said the country must “maintain the most professional and effective law enforcement that our people deserve and invest what is necessary to do that.”

Barr also responded to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing the Manhattan district attorney to obtain President Donald Trump’s tax returns. The court rejected broad arguments by Trump’s lawyers and the Justice Department that the president is immune from investigation while he holds office or that a prosecutor must show a greater need than normal to obtain the records. But the justices kept a hold on Trump’s financial records that Congress has been seeking for more than a year.

Barr said he was “disappointed” in the ruling. “But as a practical matter,” he added, “the decision made very clear that the president just is not at the mercy of litigants and investigators, and that there are protections and defenses that can be raised.”

Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

Follow QuickTake on Twitter:
Like QuickTake on Facebook:
Follow QuickTake on Instagram:
Subscribe to our newsletter:
Email us at

QuickTake by Bloomberg is a global news network delivering up-to-the-minute analysis on the biggest news, trends and ideas for a new generation of leaders.

In This Story: George Floyd

George Floyd was an African-American man who died on 25th May 2020 in Powderhorn, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, following police arrest. Video recording by a witness, showing Floyd repeating “Please”, “I can’t breathe”, and “Don’t kill me”, was widely circulated on social media platforms and broadcast by media. The incident led to widespread protests across the United States.

Recent: George Floyd

  • ‘black’ to ‘Black’: Rewriting the race style guide | The Listening Post (Feature)
  • Rep. Karen Bass Emerges as Leading Contender for Biden’s VP Pick
  • Have police lost control of the streets of Chicago? – BBC Newsnight
  • Portland protests: will Trump actually pull federal agents from the city?
  • Will Trump actually pull federal agents from Portland?
  • L&C Report Police Intervene to Save a Drowning Child Officer Joins Bob Bianchi to Discuss
  • From Shetland to Monmouth: three young voices behind the UK’s anti-racism protests
  • Minneapolis police identify man from violent George Floyd protests | WNT
  • Zion Williamson says he will be a game-time decision vs. the Jazz | NBA on ESPN
  • In This Story: Donald Trump

    This story features US President Donald Trump. Donald John Trump is the 45th and current president of the United States. Before entering politics, he was a businessman and television personality. See more Donald Trump news here.

    Recent News Featuring Donald Trump

  • Trump fumbles over death toll numbers after being pressed in interview
  • TikTok: China accuses US of “outright bullying” after ban threat
  • What’s going on with TikTok? – BBC News
  • Leave a Comment