White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday described police shootings that resulted in the fatalities of African-Americans as a "local matter."
She made the comment when responding to a question about President Trump’s reactions to the acquittals of the two Baton Rouge police officers involved in the 2016 death of Alton Sterling and the more recent officer-involved fatal shooting of Stephon Clark in California.
Sanders said such shootings are “a local matter and that’s something that we feel should be left up to the local authorities at this point in time.”
When pressed on Trump’s support of authorities and his stated desire to weed out “bad policing,” Sanders commented, “we want to make sure that all law enforcement is carrying out the letter of the law,” then noted its best “left up to local authorities to make that determination and not something for the federal government to weigh in to.”
“On the rulings that have taken place in the last few days, those are things that have to be done at a local level and they’re not at the federal level at this time,” she further remarked.