- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Hillary Clinton on Wednesday called the recent shooting deaths of black men at the hands of police in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Charlotte, North Carolina, “unbearable” and said the nation can and must do better.

Speaking at a campaign rally in Orlando, Florida, the former first lady and Democratic presidential nominee avoided discussing details of both cases but said the nation should not tolerate such tragedies.

“There is still much we don’t know about what happened in both incidents, but we do know we have two more names to add to a list of African-Americans killed by police officers in these encounters,” she said. “It’s unbearable, and it needs to become intolerable.”

But Mrs. Clinton also was careful not to explicitly blame police for either of the incidents. Instead, she praised the nation’s law enforcement and specifically cited their work during last weekend’s terrorist bombings in New York City and New Jersey and a stabbing rampage at a mall in Minnesota.

“Our police handled those terrorist attacks exactly right, and they likely saved a lot of lives,” she said. “I’ve spoken to many police chiefs and law enforcement leaders who are as deeply concerned as I am and deeply committed as I am to [police] reform. Why? Because they know it is essential for the safety of our communities and our officers. We are safer when communities respect the police and the police respect the communities.”

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