Politico writes here about Bill Barr’s role in the Columbia University student protests of 1968. Radical students occupied several buildings to protest Columbia’s ties to the defense industry and the construction of a new gym in Morningside Park that would be closed to the local black community.

The confrontations on campus were tense, and the administration called in the police (which many provocateurs welcomed, assuming that battles with police would expand their ranks).

One student group, calling themselves the Majority Coalition, opposed the student protesters. Composed mainly of student athletes and conservatives, this group included Bill Barr. He wanted the police to sweep out the radical students who were disrupting the campus. Looking back over half a century, Barr remains consistent in his support of military force to beat back civil protest.