Washington — Attorney General William Barr is igniting fresh controversy with comments that some see as a threat to communities of color. He was at a ceremony honoring the work of law enforcement at the Justice Department when he said communities they serve have to start showing “respect.”

“They have to start showing more than they do, the respect and support that law enforcement deserves. If communities don’t give that support and respect, they might find themselves without the police protection they need,” Barr said.

Critics like activist DeRay Mckesson called those comments a threat aimed at communities of color.