Senator Rand Paul says he quietly visited Ferguson during unrest

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)-Presidential candidate, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), made a campaign stop in Missouri Friday and revealed to FOX 2 hat he quietly visited Ferguson about six months ago. The Republican Kentucky senator says he met with community leaders and state lawmakers in the north St. Louis County town.

He was critical of police militarization and he called for reform of the justice system.

“One of the things that I want to do is make criminal justice more just,” explained Paul. “You have a case here in the state that I heard about today…Mazinski who is in jail for life for a marijuana offense. A lot of these nonviolent things tend to have collected up and incarcerated disproportionate amount of African Americans, poor people, Hispanics. And I think we need to change our criminal justice system so we’re not forever taking these people out of their community.”

Senator Paul was in St. Louis to speak at the Veterans Forum For the Future of Missouri's Veteran He said if he is elected president he would make caring for veterans a priority in his administration.