Hillary Clinton calls for unity and justice reforms in light of police shooting tragedies

07/18/2016 05:59 PM

CINCINNATI — Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton decried the recent killing of policemen in Dallas and Baton Rouge and called for unity between law enforcement personnel and the communities that they serve as well as justice reform in a speech to members of the NAACP at their annual convention in Cincinnati.

While Clinton feels that there has been progress in some communities building those relationships between police departments and the public, she says that there is still much work to do and the recent trend of attacks on officers has to stop.

“Killing police officers is a terrible crime,” Clinton said. “Anyone who kills a police officer and anyone who helps, must be held accountable.”

Clinton explained that one of the barriers in building those relationships is the fact that many in the African-American community are fearful of law enforcement personnel.

“Many African Americans fear the police,” Clinton said. “Some of you in this room. Today there are people all across America that are sick over what happened in Baton Rouge and in Dallas, but are also fearful that the murders of police officers means that vital questions about police-community relations will go unanswered.”

Clinton also pointed that a priority for the next president of the United States must include making a commitment to fight for reform that would hold everyone, including police departments, accountable for actions of misbehavior.

“Requiring accurate data on in-custody deaths like Sandra Bland,” Clinton said. “Requiring national guidelines on the use of force, especially lethal force. Supporting independent investigations of fatal encounters with the police.”

Donald Trump was also asked to speak the NAACP convention but he declined.


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