Hillary Clinton Supports Obama's Post-Ferguson Policies

Hillary Clinton endorsed President Barack Obama’s post-Ferguson policy proposals on Thursday in Boston. These proposals include the creation of a task force to investigate police practices and encouraging technology such as body cameras to improve policing.

Clinton also agreed with Obama’s proposal to question local officers using military-style weapons.

At the 2014 Massachusetts Conference for Women, the potential 2016 presidential candidate said, “These tragedies did not happen in some far away place, they did not happen to some other people. These are our streets, our children, our fellow Americans, and our grief.”

As Hillary Clinton discussed post-Ferguson policy, she praised the Department of Justice for probing into the Ferguson and Staten Island encounters. In both, white police officers were not indicted for killing unarmed black men.

After the grand jury in Ferguson failed to indict officer Darren Wilson, protests erupted throughout the country calling for justice for Michael Brown.

Clinton’s comments come the day after the grand jury in Staten Island didn’t indict officer Daniel Pantaleo for using a chokehold position on Eric Garner, which resulted in his death.

“Those families and those communities and our country deserve a fair and full accounting as well as whatever substantive reforms are necessary to assure quality justice and respect for every citizen,” Clinton said.

She noted racial discrepancies in who police officers stop, charge, and sentence. “Each of us has to grapple with some hard truths about race and justice in America.”

Clinton made it a point to esteem police officers throughout the country who are honorable and brave. She favors police unions in New York State and still believes officers should have the same protection as other workers. The former senator just believes police practices should have accountability because the criminal justice system has become too off balance.

Hillary Clinton spoke about the post-Ferguson policy proposals for about five minutes at the conference. Then she discussed women’s advancement in society for the several thousand women in the audience.

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