Hillary Clinton meets family of Philando Castile, says 'this violence cannot stand'

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Hillary Clinton said Monday she had met with the "courageous" family of Philando Castile and called for an end to the cycle of deaths involving police officers.

The presumptive Democrat nominee told the American Federation of Teachers convention in Minneapolis that the country had been "confronted with tragedy too many times recently."

"We cannot let this madness continue," she said. "This violence cannot stand."

She paid tribute to school kitchen supervisor Castile, who was fatally shot July 6 by police in nearby St. Paul during a traffic stop, saying she had met with his mother, two of his uncles and his sister.

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"A lot of people are still in pain right here, including his courageous family, his coworkers and students at the St. Paul public schools, and our AFT brothers and sisters in the Twin Cities who knew him as a fellow educator who cared deeply about this community and its children," Clinton said. "His death, his loss, is ours as well."

She also praised the work of police officers in keeping communities safe, turning to the ambush killings of cops in Dallas, Texas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following Castile's death.

"Killing police officers is a crime against us all," she told the crowd. "There can be no justification, no looking the other way, and this must end. It can be true, both that we need law enforcement and that we need to improve law enforcement, to get back, to get back to the fundamental principle that everyone in every community benefits when there is respect for the law and everyone is respected by the law."

During her remarks, protesters marched to the stage chanting, "Hands up, don't shoot!"

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 7: People hold banners and chant slogans as they march from Union Square Park to Grand Central to protest the killing of 3 black men by police in 48 hours, in Manhattan, New York on July 7, 2016. (Photo by Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 7: Police take security measures as people hold banners and chant slogans as they march from Union Square Park to Grand Central to protest the killing of 3 black men by police in 48 hours, in Manhattan, New York on July 7, 2016. (Photo by Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 7: People hold banners and chant slogans as they march from Union Square Park to Grand Central to protest the killing of 3 black men by police in 48 hours, in Manhattan, New York on July 7, 2016. (Photo by Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 7: People hold banners and chant slogans as they march from Union Square Park to Grand Central to protest the killing of 3 black men by police in 48 hours, in Manhattan, New York on July 7, 2016. (Photo by Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 7: People hold banners and chant slogans as they march from Union Square Park to Grand Central to protest the killing of 3 black men by police in 48 hours, in Manhattan, New York on July 7, 2016. (Photo by Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 7: People hold banners and chant slogans as they march from Union Square Park to Grand Central to protest the killing of 3 black men by police in 48 hours, in Manhattan, New York on July 7, 2016. (Photo by Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 7: People hold banners and chant slogans as they march from Union Square Park to Grand Central to protest the killing of 3 black men by police in 48 hours, in Manhattan, New York on July 7, 2016. (Photo by Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 7: People hold banners and chant slogans as they march from Union Square Park to Grand Central to protest the killing of 3 black men by police in 48 hours, in Manhattan, New York on July 7, 2016. (Photo by Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 7: People hold banners and chant slogans as they march from Union Square Park to Grand Central to protest the killing of 3 black men by police in 48 hours, in Manhattan, New York on July 7, 2016. (Photo by Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 07: Activists march along 42nd Street and 11th Avenue in response to the recent fatal shootings of two black men by police, July 7, 2016 in New York City. Protests and public outcry have grown in the days following the deaths of Alton Sterling on July 5, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile on July 6, 2016, in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. (Photo by James Devaney/Getty Images)
Demonstators as they march through the city and call for justice for Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile as they rally on July 7, 2016 in New York. Black motorist Philando Castile, 32, a school cafeteria worker, was shot at close range by a Minnesota cop and seen bleeding to death in a graphic video shot by his girlfriend that went viral Thursday, the second fatal police shooting to rock America in as many days. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstators are arrested by the NYPD after they march through the city and call for justice for Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile in the middle of Times Square July 7, 2016 in New York. Black motorist Philando Castile, 32, a school cafeteria worker, was shot at close range by a Minnesota cop and seen bleeding to death in a graphic video shot by his girlfriend that went viral Thursday, the second fatal police shooting to rock America in as many days. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 07: Protesters wave signs in front of the Triple S Mart on July 7, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Alton Sterling was shot by a police officer in front of the Triple S Food Mart in Baton Rouge on July 5th, leading the Department of Justice to open a civil rights investigation. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)
Demonstrators gather at the Governor's Mansion in St. Paul, Minnesota, on July 7, 2016, to protest the latest shooting of a black man by police in Falcon Heights, Minessota. Philando Castile, 32, a school cafeteria worker, was shot by police after being pulled over while driving. The incident was captured in a video viewed by some two million people Thursday, as civil rights investigators probed a similar incident in Louisiana. / AFP / Joy Powell (Photo credit should read JOY POWELL/AFP/Getty Images)
People take part in a protest for the killing of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile during a march along Manhattan's streets in New York July 7, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
People take part in a protest against the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile during a march through Times Square in New York July 7, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
A group of protesters demonstrate near a prayer vigil in memory of Alton Sterling, who was shot dead by police, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 7, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman
A woman chants out of the window of a bus as a group of protesters demonstrate near a prayer vigil in memory of Alton Sterling, who was shot dead by police, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 7, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman
A group of protesters demonstrate near a prayer vigil in memory of Alton Sterling, who was shot dead by police, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 7, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman
A group of protesters demonstrate outside of a church during a prayer vigil in memory of Alton Sterling, who was shot dead by police, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 7, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman
Berton Boreaux holds a sign on the hood of a bus as a group of protesters demonstrate near a prayer vigil in memory of Alton Sterling, who was shot dead by police, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 7, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman
People gather outside the Governor's residence to protest the fatal shooting of Philando Castile by Minneapolis area police during a traffic stop on Wednesday, in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S., July 7, 2016. REUTERS/Adam Bettcher
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Earlier Monday, Clinton shared a similar message to the NAACP conference in Ohio, calling for "all good people" to speak out against the escalation in violence.

At the AFT event, Clinton also stressed the importance of teachers' viewpoints.

"I'm with you," she said. "I personally have no time for these so-called education wars. It's time for those of us who believe in public education to sit at one table around it together and listen to you, the teachers ... who actually are with our kids all day long."

Hillary Clinton: 'This Madness Has to Stop'

Turning to politics, Clinton took a swipe at Donald Trump's VP pick Mike Pence, calling him a "Tea Party politician who has worked to undermine the rights of women, workers, LGBT Americans, and immigrants."

She said Pence has "cut millions from higher education while he was giving huge tax cuts to corporations," slashed funding for vulnerable students and "turned away" federal funding that could have expanded pre-school access to low-income children.

"He's one of the most hostile politicians in America when it comes to public education," Clinton told the crowd. "Neither Mike Pence nor Donald Trump should be anywhere near our children's education."

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