Hillary Clinton spoke out against the shooting of an unarmed black man by a police officer last week in Tulsa, Oklahoma, calling it “intolerable.”
“We have got to tackle systemic racism,” Clinton said Tuesday on “The Steve Harvey Morning Show.”
“This horrible shooting — again. How many times do we have to see this in our country?” the Democratic presidential nominee asked the radio host. “In Tulsa? An unarmed man? With his hands in the air? I mean, this is just unbearable and it needs to be intolerable.”
The fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher last week was caught on video, showing that he was shot dead by police despite having his hands up. Though the officer claimed Crutcher ignored directions, video released by police this week showed the unarmed 40 year-old man walking toward his SUV with his hands up and his back to multiple officers, USA Today reported.
Clinton suggested she could appeal to white people directly as a way to avoid these types of incidents in the future.
“You know, maybe I can, by speaking directly to white people, say, ‘Look, this is not who we are.’ We’ve got to do everything possible to improve policing, to go right at implicit bias,” Clinton said.
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There are “good, honorable, cool-headed police officers” working across the country, Clinton noted. But, she added, “We can do better.”
Oklahoma state authorities and the Department of Justice have launched investigations into the shooting of Crutcher and the police officer was placed on paid administrative leave.
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