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US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 2016 NEWS
‘We must do better together,’ Clinton tells African-American church-goers as she admits she ‘may upset some people’ by talking about criminal justice reform a day after race-based police shootings
- Clinton addressed the tragic shootings of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling of Louisiana and the five police officers who died in Dallas
- Said whites and blacks need to listen to each other and there must be a ‘just accounting’ for killings
- ‘We owe our children better than this. We owe ourselves better than this,’ she told her almost entirely black audience
- Clinton was scheduled to campaign alongside Vice President Joe Biden today in his childhood stomping grounds of Scranton, Pennsylvania
- That event was postponed as was fundraiser in Scranton for Clinton they were planning to attend; Donald Trump also cancelled events
- Clinton kept a date with the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Philadelphia and will address the tragedy then
Hillary Clinton said tonight that the United States would have fewer instances of race-based violence if blacks and whites would start ‘listening’ to each other.
Clinton said it’s a ‘simple but vital’ part of the problem.
‘No one has all the answers. We need to find them together. Indeed, that is the only way we can find them, ‘she told members of the African Methodist Episcopal Church community at a gathering in Philadelphia. ‘Those are the truest things I can offer today. We must do better, together.’
The Democratic presidential candidate endeavored to address three tragic shooting with racial undertones at the conference for black church-goers all at once without alienating any one of her constituencies, which she acknowledged was no easy task.
‘I know that just by saying all these things together I may upset some people,’ Clinton said. ‘I’m taking about criminal justice reform the day after a horrific attack on police officers.’
Hillary Clinton said tonight that the United States would have fewer instances of race-based violence if blacks and whites would start ‘listening’ to each other
She insisted, ‘But all these things can be true at once – we do need police and criminal justice reforms to save lives and make sure all Americans are treated equally.’
On the one hand, she declared that ‘frustration with police’ does not ‘ever justify this bloodshed’ like what happened Thursday night in Dallas, when two snipers opened fire on law enforcement officers overseeing a Black Lives Matter protest.
She called it a ‘vicious, appalling attack and said, ‘We cannot we must not vilify police officers.
Yet Clinton also spoke about two shootings earlier in the week in which cops were videotaped using what appeared to be excessive force against black men. Those deaths sparked the retaliatory ambush in Dallas Thursday.
Talking about the original shootings, she said, ‘There is clear evidence that African Americans are much more likely to be killed in police incidents than any other group of Americans.’
She at another point, ‘Let’s acknowledge that implicit bias still exists in our society.’
‘What can one say about events like these? What can people and leaders of faith say about events like these?’ she said. ‘It’s hard, isn’t it, even to know where to start.’
The 68-year-old White House contender said, ‘Let’s start here. Let’s take a moment to pray for all of the families and all the loved ones suffering today.’
‘There are many unanswered questions about each of these incidents,’ she stated, ‘And when we know as much as we can, there must be a just accounting.’
Until the facts are fully accounted Clinton told her audience to ‘focus on what we alreay know, deep in our hearts – we know there is something wrong with our country.’
‘There is too much violence, too much hate, too much senseless killing, too many people dead who shouldn’t be.’
With so little common ground between some communities in America Clinton said it can feel ‘impossible’ to connect and empathize.
But she said, ‘We owe our children better than this. We we ourselves better than this.’
Even opposing political constituencies ought to agree that ‘we do need to reduce gun violence,’ she said.
‘Gun violence is ripping apart people’s lives. They’re trying to tell us. And we need to listen,’ she said, bringing up Congressman John Lewis’ sit in on the floor of the House of Representatives.
Many of Clinton’s remarks were met with polite clapping but only a few times was she met with loud applause as she scratched the surface on the race cases.
The Democratic presidential candidate endeavored to address three tragic shooting with racial undertones at the conference for black church-goers all at once without alienating any one of her constituencies, which she acknowledged was no easy task
She was equally tepid in interviews across the major networks taped before the speech in Philadelphia.
‘We’ve got to do much more to listen to one another, respect each other….This is a kind of call to action,’ she told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
Clinton told the CNN host, and her audience tonight in Pennsylvania, that she would introduce national guidelines as president that make clear when the use of force is justified by police.
‘We need to do more to look into implicit bias. And we do need to do more to respect and protect our police,’ she said in the same breath.
The former U.S. senator and first lady told Blitzer she has been ‘working to try to close the racial divide’ and bring about reform of the criminal justice system her entire adult life.
‘And I’m heartbroken that we have to keep repeating and doing that work year after year,’ she said. ‘But I am determined and I am persistent. And I will call for white people like myself to put ourselves in the shoes of those African-American families who fear every time their children go somewhere.’
Clinton said, ‘I’m going to be talking to white people. I think we’re the ones who have to start listening…to the legitimate cries that are coming from our African-American fellow citizens.’
ANGRY PROTESTS AND RACIAL TENSION ACROSS AMERICA
The Dallas shootings came as thousands of people marched across America to demand answers over the killings of two black men – Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana – in two days.
The Black Lives Matter protests first began in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Tuesday, where video footage showed police repeatedly shooting black CD seller Sterling while he was restrained on the ground.
They then kicked off in St Paul, Minnesota, on Wednesday, when black school cafeteria supervisor Philando Castile was shot by a police officer as he reached for his ID in his car after being pulled over with his girlfriend. She live streamed the moment a bloodied Castile lay dying in the driver’s seat as the officer continued to point his gun at the pair.
Demonstators marched through Manhattan to call for justice for Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile. A group of women protesting the deaths were seen being arrested in Times Square
A protester lays on the ground in plastic handcuffs after being detained by NYPD officers as people take part in a protest against the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile during a march through Manhattan in New York July 7, 2016
Protests have continued since Tuesday in Baton Rouge at the scene where Alton Sterling was shot by police
In Charlotte on Thursday, passionate protesters called out for justice and held placards asking ‘who do I call when cops murder?’
Marchers turned up outside the Minnesota governor Mark Dayton’s residence and demanded for him to ‘wake up’ and talk to them at 3am. They took the yellow police tape from the crime scene and draped it across his gate.
After the shocking footage of Sterling and Castile’s deaths went viral around the world, Black Lives Matters protests broke out in New York City, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Baton Rouge, St Paul, Seattle, Washington D.C and other major U.S. cities.
Protesters chanted the slain men’s names and held placards demanding for an end to ‘police brutality’. Other signs said ‘stop police terror’ and ‘no justice, no peace, no racist police.’
Before five police men were killed in Dallas on Thursday night, protesters had been marching peacefully in a Black Lives Matter gathering
A crowd formed outside the White House on Thursday in a symbolic protest that saw them wave placards and chant for change. One woman pointed out that Alton Sterling ‘was a father to five children’
Diamond ‘Lavish’ Reynolds was the woman who filmed Philandro Castile after he was shot by an officer in his car. She broke down in tears at a rally in Falcon Heights, St Paul, after being released from custody
In Portland, a white man pulled a gun out on protesters at a Black Lives Matter rally. The man, named as Michael Strickland, claims he was scared for his own life. Protesters are seen hiding behind a car as the scene unfolded
In Chicago, a woman held a sign saying ‘cops should not be paid to kill black people’ as crowds gathered in the street
In Portland, a white man pulled a gun out on protesters at a Black Lives Matter rally. The man, named as Michael Strickland, claims he was scared for his own life.
Witness Ben Kerensa, 32, was among those who confronted Strickland told RawStory: ‘He swept the crowd a few times with the gun,’ said Kerensa. ‘I saw him take out the regular clip and slot in an extra-capacity magazine. I saw him chamber a round.’
Anger boiled over in Manhattan, where a group of women protesting the deaths were seen being arrested in Times Square. Dozens more formed a crowd outside the White House in a symbolic protest that saw them wave placards and chant for change.
Tensions continued to escalate in St Paul with 100 people clashing with police in the early hours of Friday morning.
The shooting in Dallas started at 8.45pm on Thursday as hundreds of protesters were marching through Dallas demanding justice for Castile and Sterling.
Trump threatens to sue ‘Make America Great Again’ hat manufacturer after tests suggest some fabric may be imported
- Small factory near Los Angeles produces the official ‘Make America Great Again’ hats for Donald Trump’s campaign
- Associated Press tested five hats and found one wasn’t made from the U.S.-sourced fabric the company claims it uses for the iconic hats
- Trump said he might sue but the company’s owner insists he’s playing by the rules and qualifies for ‘Made int he USA’ labeling
Donald Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ hats proudly tout they are ‘Made in USA.’ Not necessarily always the case, an Associated Press review found.
The iconic baseball-style hats are indeed stitched together at a small factory in the Los Angeles area. But at least one of the hats in a small sample tested by the AP and an outside expert did not contain the specific type of American-made fabric the hats’ manufacturer insists his factory always uses to make each one.
The true origin of the fabric in that hat remains a mystery – whether U.S.- or foreign-made and by whom – and a striking example of how difficult and murky it can be to verify something is actually ‘Made in USA.’
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