Some politician had to direct the police to say, ‘Hey, we want you arresting people for selling a loose cigarette.’ And for someone to die over breaking that law, there really is no excuse for it,” Paul said in reaction to Eric Gardner’s case. “But I do blame the politicians, we’ve put our police in a difficult situation with bad laws.”
The one thing any sane person can agree on is that the death of Eric Garner was a tragic event and one that has sparked heated debates and discussions about race and police brutality. But are bad laws really killing young black men?
This is one of the most logical sides that you can take when trying to work out which is right and which is wrong. Both sides of the aisle have been arguing about race and police brutality when very few are actually hitting on the real issue, the police state. The prisons are overflowing with non-violent offenders that are costing the taxpayers millions of dollars a year in useless incarceration expenses. Maybe Garner shouldn’t have been trying to resist arrest but the video clearly shows the police officers using excessive force and eventually murdering Garner for trying to sell a cigarette. Paul also offers over taxation of items like cigarettes as a reason that people have gone “underground” to get what they want for a cheaper price.
Whether it’s the price of the cigarettes or the laws that insist our local law enforcement enforce unfair and unjust laws, it can be agreed that over legislation is killing young black men in particular. This is what we need to be addressing. We can’t fix the problem if we’re arguing over the symptoms. Send us a tweet with your thoughts on Eric Garner’s death or join the discussion on Facebook.
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