Hillary Clinton, speaking today took on the issue of all of race and justice in America. She spoke at the David Dinkins Leadership Forum in New York. Mrs. Clinton pulled no punches, yet at the same time showed compassion and empathy. She ran down a laundry list of statistics and cases which reflect how our system, as Clinton put it “has gotten out of balance.” And she called for that balance to be actively sought again, and said that the patterns were “unmistakable and undeniable.”
Clinton stressed that this must include building the bonds of respect not only between people and the police, but across our society. She also called for peace in Baltimore and that inciting violence was the absolute wrong way to go in trying to change things for the better and that it was directly disrespectful to the memory of Freddie Gray and the wishes of his family.
But she also offered specifics. She called for every police department to be equipped with body cams to protect both citizens and police officers. She also called for no federal funds to be used for “weapons of war” by local police departments.
The overall theme of her speech was that we must “restore trust and respect in our society,” and indeed we must. Now we know where Hillary stands on these issues. She is for reform, respect for all, and reaching out to everyone to restore this balance. She wants to use technology that protects citizens and officers rather than creates a de facto “war zone.”
It will be interesting to see how her GOP candidate counterparts respond.
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