A mob of protesters surrounded Rand Paul and his wife as they were leaving the White House, and demanded they join in on a “Say Her Name” chant, referring to Breonna Taylor. Ironically, Paul was the only member of Congress to introduce legislation in her honor…
Republican Senator Rand Paul says he and his wife were surrounded by more than 100 protesters who were outside the White House on Thursday night while President Trump accepted the Republican nomination. It was a very tense scene where police former a barrier between Paul and his wife, and the protesters that surrounded them.
They can be heard shouting “Say her name” in reference to Breonna Taylor, and Paul claims multiple protesters threatened him directly and were calling for violence against him if he didn’t join in with the chant. Paul actually represents the state of Kentucky, where Breonna Taylor was murdered after police conducting a no-knock raid targeted her apartment by mistake. In response to her tragic death, Paul introduced the Justice For Breonna Taylor Act back in June, which was aimed at ending the practice of no-knock raids altogether.
During his time as a senator, Paul noted that he has authored 22 bills in support of criminal justice reform. Let’s took a look at a few examples:
In 2015, he introduced the Stop Militarizing Our Police Act to end the transfer of military grade equipment to local law enforcement; the Police CAMERA Act to make body cameras accessible to police; and the Civil Rights Voting Restoration Act to restore federal voting rights for nonviolent offenders. In 2017, he introduced the Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act to provide aid to people who can’t afford bail. And in 2020, he introduced the Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration Act to end civil asset forfeiture in the US.
Paul made headlines in June after he voted against legislation that would have made lynching a federal hate crime. In response, Paul said he supported the bill but found the language of the bill to be too broad. He released a statement, in which he said, “Under the statute as written, bruises could be considered lynching. That’s a problem, to put someone in jail for 10 years for some kind of altercation. And it also I think demeans how horrible lynching actually was.”
Despite that defense, there have been a number of Democratic lawmakers who have criticized Paul’s decision, even if they have supported his legislation on criminal justice reform in the past