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August 15, 2014

Education, Feature, Government, Opinion

Americans will be grappling with a number of sensitive and critical issues throughout 2014 and beyond.  Some new, some old and some never-ending – concerns about race, religion, violence, politics, guns, climate change, war and civic responsibility are just some of the issues that may polarize all or segments of the nation.  We The People will bring awareness to different viewpoints in the hopes of educating its readership.  Please be encouraged to join in and share your perspective.

SOURCE:  Senator Rand Paul / Time Magazine – Time.com

Rand Paul: We Must Demilitarize the Police

Anyone who thinks race does not skew the application of criminal justice in this country is just not paying close enough attention, Sen. Rand Paul writes for TIME, amid violence in Ferguson, Mo. over the police shooting death of Michael Brown

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.

The images and scenes we continue to see in Ferguson resemble war more than traditional police action.  Read more…

SOURCE:  The Young Turks

Published on Aug 14, 2014

“Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) added his voice to the chorus of politicians condemning police conduct in Ferguson, Missouri, following Saturday’s fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.

In an op-ed on Time.com, the libertarian-minded senator attributed the “militarization of law enforcement” to an “expansion of government power,” making the tie-in to his advocacy for smaller government.

Paul also wrote that it is “impossible for African-Americans not to feel like their government is particularly targeting them,” turning to how “racial disparities” distort the criminal justice system:”* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

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