Baton Rouge, LA – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is calling the shooting death of a Louisiana man a tragedy and decrying the deaths of black Americans in incidents involving police.
Authorities in Baton Rouge say 37-year-old Alton Sterling was killed early Tuesday during a scuffle with two police officers outside a convenience store. Sterling was black and the police officers were white. The U.S. Justice Department has launched a civil rights investigation into the shooting, which was recorded in video.
In a statement Wednesday, Clinton says something is profoundly wrong when so many Americans have reason to believe that their country doesn’t consider them as precious as others because of the color of their skin. Clinton says incidents such as the Sterling shooting have undermined the trust between police departments and the communities they serve.
In saying that trust needs to be rebuilt and justice served, Clinton cites what she calls “commonsense reforms” like ending racial profiling and providing better training on de-escalation and implicit bias.
Clinton says that all over America, there are police officers demonstrating how to protect the public without resorting to unnecessary force — and that everyone needs to learn from and build on those examples.