In her continued push for criminal justice reform and an end to racially-biased policing, democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton denounced the fatal shooting of an unarmed Black man by police in Tulsa, Oklahoma Friday.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Clinton appeared on the “Steve Harvey Morning Show” Tuesday, calling the shooting of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher ‘unbearable.’ Crutcher was shot dead by a white female officer after his SUV stalled in the middle of the road. Police video of the fatal incident shows the father of four walking toward his car with his hands raised shortly before he was gunned down.
“This horrible shooting — again,” Clinton said. “How many times do we have to see this in our country? In Tulsa? An unarmed man? With his hands in the air? I mean, this is just unbearable and it needs to be intolerable.”
The former First Lady has urged police departments to create forces that accurately represent the communities they serve as one way to tackle racial bias in policing.
“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,” she said. “There are good, honorable, cool-headed police officers. … We can do better. We have got to rein in what is absolutely inexplicable, and we’ve got to have law enforcement respect communities and communities respect law enforcement because they have to work together.”
So far, Clinton’s opponent, Donald Trump hasn’t offered any comments on the deadly shooting, the Los Angeles Times reports.