- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton, at a fundraiser for her presidential campaign Tuesday, said the violence in Baltimore was “heartbreaking” and called for criminal justice reform.

Mrs. Clinton expressed regret for the Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old man whose death in custody of Baltimore police set off riots and looting Monday night, as well as for the victims of the mob violence.

“Baltimore is burning,” the former secretary of state said at a fundraiser at a home in midtown Manhattan, her third fundraising event of the day.

“The tragic death of another young African-American man. The injuries to police officers. The burning of peoples’ homes and small businesses. We have to restore order and security. But then we have to take a hard look as to what we need to do to reform our system,” she said, according to a pool report.

Mrs. Clinton, the undisputed front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, promised to have more to say about the clashes between police and black Americans in a speech Wednesday at a conference at Columbia University in New York.

She said the nation must “reform our criminal justice system.”

The fundraiser was held at the midtown Manhattan home of Agatha and Doug Teitelbaum, who founded an investment firm. Guests paid $2,700 apiece or had raised $27,000, the threshold for becoming a “Hillstarter,” according to the campaign.

About 150 people attended the event, crowded into a large room with floor-to-ceiling windows revealing views of the Manhattan skyline.

In her 20-minute speech, Mrs. Clinton also made reference to the Supreme Court hearing Tuesday on same-sex marriage.

She said the case boiled down to giving “our fellow Americans the chance under our Constitution to have equality in marriage — to broaden the circle of opportunity for all of our citizens. And we can all hope that the Supreme Court will make the right decision.”

The comment, which reflected Mrs. Clinton’s new position in support of same-sex marriage as a constitutional right, drew applause from the crowd.

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