Rand Paul: Justice system not treating people equally


IT IS SHOCKING TO ANYONE WHO SEES IT. YOU AND I HAVE DISCUSSED YOUR EFFORTS TO COLLABORATE WITH AFRICAN-AMERICAN LEADERS TO TRY TO CHANGE LAWS OUT THERE THAT DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACT AFRICAN-AMERICANS. WHEN YOU ANNOUNCED YOUR CANDIDACY YESTERDAY, YOU SAID THIS. LET ME PLAY THE CLIP.>>I SEE AN AMERICA WHERE CRIMINAL JUSTICE IS APPLIED EQUALLY AND ANY LAW THAT DISPROPORTIONATELY INCARCERATES PEOPLE OF COLOR IS REPEALED.>>SENATOR, WHAT LAWS ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?>>I PROBABLY COULD HAVE BEEN A LITTLE MORE SPECIFIC THERE. REALLY REFERRING TO THE DRUG LAWS, NON-VIOLENT DRUG LAWS, BECAUSE I THINK WHAT’S HAPPENED AND REALLY, THIS IS THE MISTAKE WE MAKE. WE SAY IT’S ALL RACISM. THERE IS A DISPROPORTIONATE IMPACT OF THE DRUG WAR ON AFRICAN-AMERICANS BUT IT’S NOT ALL OR I’M NOT EVEN SURE WHAT PERCENTAGE OF IT COULD BE EVEN REGARD TO COLOR BECAUSE OFTEN THERE ARE BLACK POLICE OFFICERS ARRESTING BLACK PERPETRATORS IN BIG CITIES. BUT THE REASON WHY I THINK IT’S UNFAIR IS THAT WHEN YOU LOOK AT SURVEY DATA OF WHITE TEENAGERS AND BLACK TEENAGERS, THE USE OF ILLEGAL DRUGS IS PRETTY SIMILAR BUT THE PEOPLE IN PRISON THREE OUT OF FOUR ARE BLACK OR BROWN. IT’S BECAUSE WE DO OUR PATROLLING IN BIG CITIES IN AREAS OF HIGH CONCENTRATION OF POPULATION AND MORE CRIME, AND THEN MAYBE THE WHITE KIDS WHO LIVE IN THE SUBURBS PREDOMINANTLY AREN’T HAVING THAT SAME DEGREE OF PATROLS AND IT ADDS UP OVER TIME. IF YOU LOOK AT OUR PRISONS, THERE IS A DISPROPORTIONATE IMPACT ON BLACK OR BROWN PEOPLE. POVERTY IS A COMMON DENOMINATOR. THE WAR ON POVERTY NEEDS TO BE REASSESSED AND WE NEED TO DECIDE SHOULD WE GIVE TEEN AGERS A SECOND CHANCE TO MAKE A MISTAKE. WE PUT A GUY IN PRISON, A 24-YEAR-OLD KID IN PRISON FOR 55 YEARS FOR SELLING MARIJUANA AND I THINK THAT’S AN INAPPROPRIATE PUNISHMENT. WE NEED TO RETHINK WHAT WE’RE DOING IN THE WAR ON DRUGS.>>THAT’S ONE CASE, THE WAR ON DRUGS, BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT THERE THINK A LOT OF OTHER LAWS ARE ALSO BIASED AGAINST AFRICAN-AMERICANS. DO YOU AGREE WITH THAT?>>YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT I WAS REFERRING MOSTLY TO THE WAR ON DRUGS BUT I WOULD SAY THAT SOMETIMES, POOR PEOPLE IN OUR SOCIETY MAY NOT BE GETTING THE SAME REPRESENTATION THAT RICH PEOPLE GET. SO I AM VERY CONCERNED THAT THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IS NOT TREATING PEOPLE EQUALLY. ONE OF THE TRAGIC CASES WAS KHALIF BROWNER UP IN NEW YORK CITY, 16 YEARS OLD ACCUSED OF A CRIME, KEPT IN PRISON FOR THREE YEARS WITHOUT A TRIAL. THE SIXTH AMENDMENT SAYS YOU GET A SPEEDY TRIAL. I WAS HORRIFIED TO FIND OUT IN AMERICA THAT THIS YOUNG BOY WAS ACCUSED OF A CRIME, NEVER TRIED, FINALLY RELEASED FROM PRISON BUT HE WAS KEPT IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT, TRIED TO COMMIT SUICIDE SEVERAL TIMES. THAT REALLY BOTHERED ME. THAT SHOULDN’T BE HAPPENING IN OUR COUNTRY. I WANT TO BE PART

10 Replies to “Rand Paul: Justice system not treating people equally

  1. um where are all these big fucking suburbs explain this to me most of the people I know in my shitty life live in fucking trailer or apartment an are lower class an there mostly white.

  2. Didnt hear repubs sing this song when the bush daughter was busted for drugs…..then let off.

    Black people being treated differently has two doors.

  3. It's common in NY to be placed in jail for years without a trial and then released. They know exactly what they are doing in violating people's rights.

  4. I'm keeping my eye on you, he seems pretty down to earth. Maybe he's a real libertarian. This presidential election is gonna be interesting.

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