by Jon Guze
Senior Fellow, Legal Studies, John Locke Foundation
Reason’s Robby Soave notes the irony. The her in question is Breonna Taylor, and Senator Paul has done more than just say her name. He sponsored the Justice for Breonna Taylor Act, which would prohibit no-knock raids like the one in which she was killed. Soave’s report includes the details of the attack on Paul:
As President Donald Trump concluded his Republican National Convention acceptance speech Thursday night, the largely peaceful demonstrations outside the White House grew more tense and confrontational. Speech attendees leaving the area were heckled, and a crowd of protesters surrounded Sen. Rand Paul (R–Ky.) and his wife, Kelley Paul.
The police prevented the protesters from getting close to the Pauls, but there was a great deal of shoving. Someone attempted to throw a bike at them, and the officer escorting the Pauls was briefly knocked off balance. Sen. Paul later told Fox News that he feared for their safety.
“I truly believe this with every fiber of my being, had they gotten at us they would have gotten us to the ground, we might not have been killed, might just have been injured by being kicked in the head, or kicked in the stomach until we were senseless,” he said.
And it also includes some details about Taylor’s death and Paul’s reasons for sponsoring a bill in her name:
Breonna Taylor, a woman who police killed during a no-knock raid on her home in the middle of the night on March 13 … is an unambiguous victim of police violence and of unnecessary Drug War tactics, and protesters are right to demand justice for her. …
“After talking with Breonna Taylor’s family, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s long past time to get rid of no-knock warrants,” said Paul back in June. “This bill will effectively end no-knock raids in the United States.”
It would be wrong to physically intimidate the Pauls in any case. But the crowd also failed to recognize that their alleged foe is one of the most consistent voices for criminal justice reform in the U.S. Senate. To borrow a favorite phrase of the woke activist crowd: Educate yourself, street protesters.
Not much chance of that, I’m afraid. Protestors like the ones who attacked Sen. Paul neither know nor care about facts.