"In many places, it appears the violence is planned, organized and driven by anarchic, far-left extremist groups using Antifa like tactics, many of whom travel from outside the state to promote the violence", stated the attorney general.
In Illinois, state police closed major downtown Chicago expressway ramps and Governor J.B. Pritzker activated 375 Illinois National Guard soldiers at the request of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
Antifa, short for anti-fascist, is not so much an organization, but rather a loose collective of far-left activists who often act independently of each other while advocating for their preferred causes.
Barr has directed the federal Bureau of Prisons to dispatch riot teams to the nation's capital and to Miami to assist local authorities respond to protests there, according to a senior Justice Department official.
Civil liberties advocates and progressive voices threw up immediate flags of alarm on Sunday afternoon after President Donald Trump threatened to officially designate "ANTIFA"-a moniker that stands for anti-fascist but is not, as informed people were forced to point out, an actual organization-as a "terrorist organization".
Floyd, died after being pinned down by white police officer Derek Chauvin who knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes while Floyd told him "I can't breathe".
The shocking videotaped death Monday of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, at the hands of police in Minneapolis ignited a nationwide wave of outrage over law enforcement's repeated use of lethal force against unarmed African Americans.
The National Guard has been deployed in at least 10 states. Chauvin faces a third-degree murder charge, but his family is calling for a first-degree charge as well as justice for other officers involved.
Floyd's death has strong parallels to that of Eric Garner, who died during a fatal 2014 arrest in NY, also repeatedly pleading with officers, "I can't breathe".
Earlier this week Trump said that many peaceful protestors were taking to the streets "for the right reasons" in honor of George Floyd's memory. "The National Guard did a great job, and should be used in other States before it is too late!"
A Beverly Hills police officer records damage at a looted T Mobile store after demonstrators protested the death of George Floyd, in Beverly Hills, California on May 31, 2020.
That led authorities to impose a curfew and mobilize the National Guard.
Why are we talking about antifa, again? An officer orders residents to go inside, then yells "light em up" before shooting projectiles at a group of people on their front porch.
USA officials vowed to "maximize federal law enforcement presence" in the nation's capital on Monday night after days of violent demonstrations led to fires across Washington and left scores of businesses with broken windows and dozens of police officers injured.
He urged cities like New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles to take similar measures.
"Anti-fascism is an argument for self-defence collectively against the proven historical perils of white supremacy and fascism", he said, alluding to the backlash against those in the alt-right movement supporting Mr Trump.