The Justice Department detailed some of the crime statistics related to the George Floyd protests, rallies and riots over the last few weeks.
More than 700 law enforcement officers have been injured on the job during nationwide protests and riots, with nearly 300 of those among New York’s police force.
Another 60 Secret Service agents and 40 US Park Police were also injured, 22 of those officers hospitalized with serious injuries, Attorney General William Barr told reporters.
At least 150 federal buildings have also been damaged across the country, according to Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service.
President Trump rebuked critics by dispatching the national guard and bringing federal troops into Washington.
“The streets of America didn’t spontaneously become peaceful last week,” said Alyssa Farah, the White House’s director of strategic communications.
“It was a direct result of President Trump calling on governors and mayors to surge the National Guard in their states and restore law and order on America’s streets so that peaceful protesters could demonstrate safely,” she continued.
“Juxtapose Washington, D.C. two weekends ago, when there was widespread vandalism, property damage, and arson with this past weekend — it was night and day,” Farah said.
“That is precisely because President Trump took decisive action to secure the streets of our nation’s capital and restore law and order,” she added.
Former Vice President and current Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden declared Tuesday that there is “absolutely” systemic racism in law enforcement. During his remarks, he offered the qualifier that “not all law enforcement officers are racist,” and that “there are some really good, good cops out there,” implying the non-racist cops are the exception to the rule.