CLUTE, TX – During the livestream of Ron Paul’s web show The Ron Paul Liberty Report on September 25th, the former congressman from Texas seems to have suffered what appeared to be a stroke while engaging in an interview.
It appears Ron Paul may have just suffered a stroke. Pray for him and his family.
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 25, 2020
While no official word has come from sources close to the Paul family, the video showcases Paul speaking coherently one moment and then suddenly he begins to slur and mumble his speech to a point of it becoming unintelligible.
Sadly, it also appears as though the former congressman’s side of his face begins to droop onto one side, typically indicative of an active stroke.
A clip of the livestream is available below, but the nature of the video is unsettling.
It’s currently unclear as to the status of Paul at this time from a medical perspective.
Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we keep you up to date on the former congressman’s condition.
Please keep the Paul family in your prayers.
WASHINGTON, D.C- On Friday, August 28th, Senator Rand Paul relived his experience of being swarmed by an angry mob with his wife, on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends”.
At the conclusion of the Republican Nation Convention, the senator was confronted by a mob of protesters, calling for justice for Breonna Taylor, near the White House on Thursday night, August 27th.
Some have questioned why Paul chose to walk to his hotel, rather than drive, which he explained, along with explaining what he felt might have happened if police officers had not been near by.
— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) August 28, 2020
“The threats were to f— you up, to you know, to kill you,
“The threats were if they could get ahold of you, and I truly believe 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.
We might just have been injured by being kicked in the head or kicked in the stomach until we were senseless. You’ve seen the pictures. Most of the networks will not show the pictures of this. This is happening in all of our cities. It’s got to stop and thank God for the police.”
“Had we not gotten to the police, I truly believe that the police saved our lives, and we would not be here today, or we’d be in a hospital today had the police not been there,
“And I’d like to thank them if they’re watching this. We thanked them last night, but it was still. It was still a melee. They were trying to get people, you know, away from us even in the hotel. People were following us into the hotel.”
Mob violence is never justified. Ever. https://t.co/mYMAImkaY3
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 28, 2020
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Here is more on violence that has taken place at the RNC.
CHARLOTTE, NC – Last night saw multiple arrests as demonstrators gathered in Uptown to protest the Republican National Convention.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department made extensive preparations in anticipation of possible protests and other security issues as the RNC approached.
PREP FOR RNC: CMPD is going over the security protocols and traffic closures for the RNC.
Although the convention is scaled down, CMPD says they’re prepared for any protests and large crowds that might come over the weekend. pic.twitter.com/GlgwCwEmwg
— Paige Pauroso (@PaigePauroso) August 19, 2020
A command center was prepared for the convention, and drone flights were restricted within a 30-mile radius. Certain local roads were closed, or are to be closed as the convention continues. Businesses were assured that they could remain open, despite a local security perimeter.
According to CMPD Major Steven Brochu, lack of resources to cover sanctioned events meant that no protest areas were set aside, and no protest permits were issued.
However, police planned in advance to support peaceful protesters’ Constitutional rights.
Brochu told WBTV News:
“We know political conventions can certainly draw some activity as far as protests.
“We are prepared to facilitate those first amendment rights.”
Brochu also requested assistance from the community in helping with safety concerns.
“Those of us who live in our community, know our communities, so if you see suspicious activity, just like you do on normal days we would ask for that vigilance be brought across to this event, that helps us dramatically for our security.”
As anticipated, protesting occurred and became violent.
CMPD reported assaults on officers as the night wore on, and that multiple arrests were made.
Officers were assaulted on Trade Street and North Tryon Street. Multiple arrests have been made.
— CMPD News (@CMPD) August 22, 2020
CMPD further added on Twitter that pepper spray had to be deployed to prevent people from interfering with those arrests.
Pepper spray also had to be used when protesters grabbed police officers’ bikes as the officers were controlling the crowd to allow automobile traffic to flow.
The following video shows protesters screaming at officers and physically interfering with the officers’ attempts to clear the road for traffic.
Warning: language in this clip may be offensive to some viewers.
CMPD employing pepper spray at Trade & Tryon pic.twitter.com/Nryqm1zkku
— Queen City Nerve (@queencitynerve) August 22, 2020
CMPD also made at least one arrest after a vehicle was surrounded and attacked.
— Lucas Bogg (@LucasBoggPhotog) August 22, 2020
As one might expect, the protests were not simply against the Republican National Convention, but against police as well.
WBTV interviewed one protester who said:
“We don’t want Trump here in Charlotte for the RNC … we’re still having those same demands over the last ninety days … defunding the police, and increasing affordable housing and things like that.”
At the helm of the gathering appeared to be an anti-police organization known as Charlotte Uprising.
On their Facebook page, the group describes itself as:
“a coalition of community members dedicated to ending state violence against Black and marginalized people.”
Ahead of the RNC the Charlotte Uprising group has sparked riots. Minutes after showing up on the streets they encircled vehicles, threatened drivers, and jumped on one car. They’re leaving this footage out asking for donations for bail. pic.twitter.com/w8j5OIMUi1
— Sharper than Swiss (@CheddarBloke) August 22, 2020
The group’s demands include defunding of police, “demilitarization” of police, release of those arrested in the violent protests after Scott’s death, and reparations for the Scott family. Its demands also include:
“Community control of the police, starting with the creation of a civilian oversight board that has the power to hire and fire officers, determine disciplinary actions as well as dictate police policies, priorities, and budgets. The board shall not include police representation and will be controlled by communities most impacted by policing and incarceration in Charlotte.”
As posted on Facebook on Aug. 21, Charlotte Uprising called for participants in “Nights of Action,” set to begin at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The group is also holding a “People’s University: Combat the RNC” event Saturday night before the scheduled protest, inviting participants to:
“Learn more about direct action, medic training, jail support, and context about the RNC in Charlotte! If you plan on protesting the RNC come join us!”
After the first violent night of RNC protests, Charlotte Uprising is calling on Twitter for contributions to bail funds, saying,
“Three of our people were arrested by the pigs who attacked us!”
An attitude like that, and additional planned protests scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, virtually guarantee that the CMPD will be subjected to more violence this weekend as officers continue to work to keep citizens and convention attendees safe during the Republican National Convention.
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