Sen. Rand Paul:”We Must Demilitarize the Police”

The shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown is an awful tragedy that continues to send shockwaves through the community of Ferguson, Missouri and across the nation.

If I had been told to get out of the street as a teenager, there would have been a distinct possibility that I might have smarted off. But, I wouldn’t have expected to be shot.

The outrage in Ferguson is understandable—though there is never an excuse for rioting or looting. There is a legitimate role for the police to keep the peace, but there should be a difference between a police response and a military response.

Sen. Rand Paul puts the Ferguson, Missouri tragedy in the context of increasing militarization of police and police practice of unfairly targeting non-white young people. Full column Time Magazine @ http://time.com/3111474/rand-paul-ferguson-police/

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