As protests continue to devolve into violence and property damage in cities across the U.S., many Americans have looked to the federal government to restore law and order.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is now demanding the Department of Justice to take action against those funding and supporting ongoing protests and riots, as reported by Fox News.
“Shouting awful death threats”
Paul penned a recent op-ed addressing the situation following last week’s Republican National Convention.
Upon leaving the White House’s South Lawn after President Donald Trump’s acceptance speech on Thursday, the senator and his wife, Kelley Paul, were confronted and harassed by protesters on the scene. He detailed the experience as part of the new Fox News piece.
“The mob continued shouting awful death threats,” Paul wrote. “Curses. Shoving. One person in the mob violently slammed into a policeman just behind me.”
In response to the act, Paul wrote that he “turned to see the officer losing his balance” and “grabbed the lower edge of his bulletproof vest to stabilize him.”
He went on to echo previous comments by expressing gratitude to law enforcement officers who provided a buffer between the angry demonstrators and those leaving the convention’s closing ceremonies.
“Who flew them in?”
“My thanks to the police, who bravely handled a terrible situation,” Paul said. “Both Kelley and I believe that without the courage of the police we would have been pushed to the ground and kicked and pummeled, as so many others have been.”
Furthermore, Paul called on investigators to research the identities of individuals and groups responsible for funding or organizing the destructive protests.
“Who are these people?” the senator asked. “Who paid for their hotel rooms? Who flew them in? Law enforcement needs to look at the funding of violent criminal activity like this.”
Paul called the riots “organized” and “paid for,” suggesting the demonstrations are “about anarchy and destruction” instead of societal change. He is joined by other lawmakers, including U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO), who recently tweeted that the “Justice Department needs to open an investigation into who is funding these violent riots.”
Under the helm of Attorney General William Barr, the Justice Department has shown a willingness to track down corruption in an array of forms. For now, Americans of all backgrounds are counting on law enforcement to get to the bottom of the latest threat facing communities nationwide.