Libertarian GOPs 2016: Amash Campaigns with Paul on All Amendments
Paul also spoke against the government confiscating personal property from criminal suspects before conviction. He said Attorney General Loretta Lynch became famous for seizing more than $1 million in assets from people arrested on drug charges before they went to trial.
“It’s poor people. It’s African-Americans. It’s poor whites. It’s people who don’t have the resources to fight the government,” said Paul. “Civil asset forfeiture should require a conviction.”
Without specifically mentioning protests against police brutality, Paul said the American system of justice can be unfair to some people. He pointed to the War on Drugs as evidence of that assertion.
“White kids are doing drugs at the same rate as black kids,” said Paul. “But everybody in prison is black or brown.”
Paul also told the story of Kalief Browder, an African-American teenager who was arrested on suspicion of robbery by New York City police.
Browder, who was 16 years old the day he was arrested, spent nearly three years in a Riker’s Island prison cell without trial, and tried to commit suicide four times. Thirty-three months after his arrest, Browder was released with no explanation.
No trial was ever held. And certainly he was never convicted of a crime. But three years of Browder’s life had been taken away by the government.
“You wonder why people are unhappy in our cities?” said Paul. “There is no excuse for violence. But the thing is, there is an unhappiness. We who don’t live in poverty have to start learning to understand where it is coming from.”
Paul is convinced once Republicans do a better job of protecting Americans from their government and understand the reason that others who are not like themselves are unhappy, the GOP will win at the national level, again.
“We win again,” Paul said, “when we become the party that cares about Kalief Browder as much as we care about the Second Amendment."