Sen. Rand Paul is using a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer involved in the shooting death of Michael Brown to renew his call for revamping the nation’s criminal justice laws and for ending a cycle of poverty.

In response to the protests in Ferguson, Mo., sparked by the announcement that police officer Darren Wilson would not be charged in Brown’s death, the Kentucky Republican and potential 2016 presidential candidate wrote an op-ed column for TIME magazine. Paul wrote:

In the search for culpability for the tragedy in Ferguson, I mostly blame politicians. Michael Brown’s death and the suffocation of Eric Garner in New York for selling untaxed cigarettes indicate something is wrong with criminal justice in America. The War on Drugs has created a culture of violence and put police in a nearly impossible situation.


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