Louisville Councilwoman Attica Scott on unrest in Ferguson and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul
08/23/2014 08:15 AM
LOUISVILLE — Democratic Louisville Metro Councilwoman, Attica Scott, says the conversations on race and the American justice system around the country need to be happening and people like U.S. Sen. Rand Paul have a responsibility to have those conversations too.
Scott traveled to Ferguson, Missouri last weekend to take part in peaceful protests after 18-year old Michael Brown was shot and killed by police. “It’s actually scary,” Scott said describing how she and other protestors were met after curfew with smoke grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets fire by police.
“That should not be happening in the United States. I should not have to run in fear of my life from people who are paid to protect and to serve us,” Scott said.
The community in Ferguson erupted over consecutive nights with violent outbursts and looting which were met by police officers decked out in full military-style gear complete with heavily armored vehicles — and eventually the deployment of the Missouri national guard.
On August 14 in the wake of the on-going protests U.S. Sen. Rand Paul penned a Time Magazine op-ed citing the 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,” Paul wrote.
But, Scott said Paul has a national platform to speak out on what’s happening, but he also needs to have a conversation with those affected by the violence.
“He is the person who needs to have the difficult conversations with African-Americans about police brutality — about militarizing our police. I understand that he is in a position to have this national platform but having that platform without having conversations with our community is not in our best interest,” Scott said.
Watch the video above to hear what Scott has to say about the “racial divide” in the united states and police accountability.
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