Clinton Addresses Shootings at NAACP Conference
In a highly anticipated and much publicized appearance at the NAACP Annual Conference, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton condemned the recent Baton Rouge Shooting as a “terrible crime,” ABC states.
Former U.S. Marine Veteran Gavin Long fatally shot three police officers Montrell Jackson, Brad Garafola and Matthew Gerald. The horrifying incident is currently under further investigation.
“This madness has to stop,” she declared at the conference held on Monday.
“Watching the news from Baton Rouge yesterday, my heart broke. Not just for those officers and their grieving families, but for all of us. We have difficult, painful, essential work ahead of us to repair the bonds between our police and communities and between and among each other. We need one another to do this work and we need leaders like the NAACP,” Clinton said.
The premeditated ambush follows a thread of violent attacks against both police officers and Black men. The killing of five law enforcement officers in Dallas last week and the recent police-involved shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota have caused national outrage and sociopolitical anguish.
Clinton, whose appearance falls on the first day of the Republican National Convention, spoke candidly of the recent tragedies during her remarks.
“Many African-Americans fear the police. I can hear you. Some of you in this room,” she said at the NAACP annual conference. “And today, there are people all across America sick over what happened in Baton Rouge and in Dallas but also fearful that the murders of police officers means that vital questions about police-community.”
Clinton, if elected President, promises to reform the U.S. Criminal Justice as a top priority and to also hold those who kill law enforcement officers accountable for their actions.
As president, l will bring the full weight of the law to bear and making sure those who kill police officers are brought to justice,” she specified. “And let’s admit it, there is clear evidence that African-Americans are disproportionately killed in police incidents compared to any other group. And African-American men are far more likely to be stopped and searched by police, charged with crimes and sentenced to longer prison terms than white men convicted of the same offenses. These facts tell us something is profoundly wrong. We can’t ignore that, we can’t wish it away.”
During her speech, Clinton made sure to take a light jab at her opponent Republican candidate Donald Trump.
“We all know about that other convention happening up in Cleveland today. My opponent in this race might have a different view, but there’s nowhere I’d rather be than right here with all of you.”
Clinton has other campaign events this week in Ohio, Minnesota and Nevada and is also expected to announce her running mate.