Senator Scott and Attorney General Barr have Discussions with Law Enforcement and Community Leaders in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Scott welcomed U.S. Attorney General William Barr to South Carolina for an open dialogue with community and faith leaders and law enforcement officials to discuss justice in America. Senator Scott and Attorney General Barr met with nearly 30 community and faith leaders at Bethel A.M.E. Church, and a similar number of law enforcement officials in downtown Columbia.

“I’d like to thank Attorney General Barr for making the trip to South Carolina. We certainly had a great conversation with a lot of leaders, and I look forward to continuing the conversations.…I’m hopeful that the next couple of weeks may produce the results that we’re looking for,” Senator Scott said about the JUSTICE Act, following a closed-door conversation with community leaders.

“There is no tougher job in America than being a police officer. We need these institutions to provide peace and security in society to allow our lives to flourish. At the same time, whenever you have that kind of institution, you have the possibility of abuse. We need to support the police so that they’re out there protecting the community, but at the same time we have to be sure that there aren’t these abuses. It’s striking a balance,” said U.S. Attorney General Barr.

Below are images from the event.

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Senator Scott and Attorney General Barr participate in an open dialogue with pastors and community leaders at Bethel A.M.E. Church in Columbia, S.C.

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Senator Tim Scott and Attorney General Barr take questions during a press conference, following a closed-door conversation with local pastors and community leaders.