Clinton accused police officers across the country of purposefully targeting and killing black men during her speech at Columbia University on Wednesday.
The former Secretary of State, appearing at a policy event named for New York City’s first African American mayor David Dinkins, called for a major overhaul in the US criminal justice system and repeatedly lambasted
“There is something profoundly wrong when African-American men are still far more likely to be stopped and searched by police, charged with crimes, and sentenced to longer prison terms than are meted out to their white counterparts. There is something wrong when a third of all black men face the prospect of prison during their lifetimes,” Clinton said. “We have allowed our criminal justice system to get out of balance and these recent tragedies should galvanize us to come together as a nation to find our balance again.”
Clinton’s speech came in the wake of Monday’s racially-charged riots in Baltimore, Maryland, in which violent protesters raged after the funeral of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died on April 19 after suffering a fatal spinal injury in police custody.
The incident is just one of a number of controversial police-involved deaths of African-American men. Clinton attributed to their deaths to a racist criminal justice system and said their deaths were a part of a pattern.
“From Ferguson to Staten Island to Baltimore, the patterns have become unmistakable and undeniable.” “Walter Scott shot in the back in Charleston, South Carolina … Tamir Rice, shot in a park in Cleveland, Ohio … Eric Garner, choked to death after being stopped for selling cigarettes.”
“Yet again the family of a young black men is grieving a life cut short. Yet again the streets of an American city are marred by violence, by shattered glass, and shouts of anger and shows of force. Yet again a community is reeling, its fault lines laid bare,” she said.
“My heart breaks for these young men and their families,” Clinton said of the victims of police brutality. “We have to come to terms with some hard truths about race and justice in America. There is something profoundly wrong when African American men are far more likely” to be stopped, searched and to receive long prison sentences.”
The Baltimore riot stalled the media’s coverage of the ‘Clinton Cash’ debacle. Of course, Hillary Clinton is going to exacerbate the police brutality controversy– if Americans are focused on rioting and racial injustice, we just might forget about how foreign governments helped make her and Bill rich.
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