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Clinton says frayed trust led to Ferguson violence


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton broke nearly three weeks of silence Thursday on the fatal police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in Missouri, saying his death and the violent protests that followed resulted from frayed bonds of trust in a racially divided community.

The remarks by the former secretary of state during a speech to a technology group were her first about Michael Brown's Aug. 9 death in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

As a potential Democratic presidential candidate, Clinton was criticized for waiting so long to talk about the shooting of Brown, who was black, by a white police officer after a midday confrontation on a street.

Clinton lamented the shooting and the numerous tense confrontations that followed between angry protesters and heavily armed police.

"This is what happens when the bonds of trust and respect that hold any community together fray," she said. "Nobody wants to see out streets look like a war zone. Not in America. We are better than that."

She said America cannot ignore inequalities in its justice system.

"Imagine if white drivers were three times as likely to be searched by police during a traffic stop as black drivers, instead of the other way around," she said, or "if white offenders received prison sentences 10 percent longer than black offenders for the same crimes."

Clinton noted that higher percentages of black men go to prison compared to white men.

"That is the reality in the lives of so many of our fellow Americans and so many of the communities in which they live," she said. She said Martin Luther King Jr.'s call for racial equality "is as fiercely urgent today" as it was decades ago.

Civil rights activist Al Sharpton was among those who chastised Clinton and other politicians for waiting weeks to discuss the events in Ferguson. Sharpton said Clinton and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a potential GOP presidential candidate, should not "get laryngitis on this issue."

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bill_jones86 August 28 2014 at 5:56 PM

just another gutless lefty

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Captain Jack August 28 2014 at 6:02 PM

she's a friggin idiot. the reason was because the thugs don't need a reason to act like the animals that they are

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rpaulbroker August 28 2014 at 6:13 PM

I am a democrat but I feel she choose her remarks very carefully. This country has bent over backwards to cater to blacks since the civil rights legislation was passed. Many blacks have been successful in their professions, yet so many more would rather take a hand out than a hand up. Today, everyone is given the opportunity to attend schools and go to college. Others would rather stand on the streets and blame the system.

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mailrtb August 28 2014 at 6:01 PM

I hope no one is taking Hillary Clinton serious about anything, except her.

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yayabeanes August 28 2014 at 6:01 PM

Didn't she once say at this point what does it matter about the deaths of Americans serving a overseas US Embassy...Oh wait, they were just white.

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tmspitrow August 28 2014 at 5:59 PM

the viedo shows that brown wasn't a gentle gian ,as he portraed.
how can you look at the viedo and say,this a fine young man.
i don't care what color a thug is,and by no means is a thug a hero.
accept what you see and get on with your lives.
robbing and looting has never solved anything.t

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rb7583 August 28 2014 at 6:02 PM

She is speaking up now because she has had all this time to see how the general support is running from the public. She is smart enough to do that and "crafty" enough to do so. If she were put on the spot by the liberal media for her "opinions" early on during the incident, that might result in critisism ... that is the reason.

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Jawmore August 28 2014 at 6:00 PM

Race, strife, violence, strategy, for dem party to muster up votes thats all dem party run on. Its hard to find a job from racial issues.

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abcborderline1 August 28 2014 at 6:02 PM


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cigary43 August 28 2014 at 6:00 PM

Probably because she was selling books at Costco.

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jet202 cigary43 August 28 2014 at 9:39 PM

In her own words, "what difference does it make"

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marciacm cigary43 August 28 2014 at 9:52 PM

excellent pick up

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