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Clinton gets Ferguson exactly right

Hillary Clinton spoke about Ferguson today
Hillary Clinton spoke about Ferguson today
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The first thing that Hillary Clinton did correctly was not pile on at the outset of the Michael Brown shooting incident. She didn’t fan the flames, and let authorities deal with the situation.

First, the local law enforcement had their chance. Assistance was necessary, and that came from Governor Nixon. He directed a minority state highway patrol officer to take charge of the scene and local police.

The shooting of an unarmed African American teen is cause for alarm. The investigation continues and it appears that Michael Brown may have committed two misdemeanors and two felony assaults, one against the storekeeper and the other against a police officer.

The assault on the police officer may have been so brutal that it warranted the officer shooting Michael Brown. Six shots were likely excessive as one could have brought the suspect down.

Other factors come to light, and that includes the lack minority representation on the Ferguson police force.

Mrs. Clinton doesn’t want to see police forces become militarized, nor does she want to see urban streets look like a war zone. She approved of sending Attorney General Holder to investigate first hand, and Al Sharpton concurs, according to the report by Peter Sullivan at The Hill.

“Clinton breaks Ferguson silence
By Peter Sullivan

Hillary Clinton addressed the events in Ferguson, Mo., on Thursday for the first time since the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer, calling for a "thorough and speedy investigation."

"We don't want to see our streets look like a war zone. Not in America. We are better than that," she said at a technology conference in San Francisco, responding to images broadcast across the country of police in helmets and armored vehicles deploying tear gas.

She also praised "decent and respectful law enforcement officers, who showed what quality law enforcement looked like."

"We cannot ignore the inequities that persist in our justice system," she added."

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