Clinton, Trump Decry Latest Police Shootings Of Black Men

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are decrying police-involved shootings in Oklahoma and North Carolina, with the Democrat calling them “unbearable” and the Republican saying he was “very troubled.”

Trump’s effort to court black voters Wednesday in Cleveland took a bizarre turn when he was introduced by boxing promoter Don King, who used a racial slur as he made the case for black voters to support Trump. In an interview later, Trump called for a national expansion of “stop-and-frisk,” the police tactic that a federal judge ruled can be discriminatory against minorities.

Trump’s Cleveland event not only sought to connect with a large community of African-American voters key to Clinton’s prospects in Ohio, but also with moderate suburban voters, who frequently hear Clinton describe Trump as extreme.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (L) speaks during the Midwest Vision and Values Pastors and Leadership Conference next to boxing promoter Don King at the New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. (credit Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (L) speaks during the Midwest Vision and Values Pastors and Leadership Conference next to boxing promoter Don King at the New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. (credit Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

King, introducing Trump, raised eyebrows when he said a black man is always framed by his skin color, recalling that he once told pop icon Michael Jackson “if you’re poor, you’re a ‘poor Negro.’ If you’re rich, you’re a ‘rich Negro.'” An educated black man is “an intellectual negro.”

King, who is black, continued: “If you’re a dancing and sliding and gliding n—–— I mean Negro — you are ‘a dancing and sliding and gliding Negro.'” Gasps and laughs could be heard from the audience.

The King incident underscored the often clumsy way in which Trump has made his appeal to minority voters. His outreach has also been viewed cynically as an attempt by his campaign to soothe concerns among more moderate, suburban voters.

At the end of the Ohio church event, Trump was asked about recent high-profile police shootings in Oklahoma and North Carolina. Trump said 40-year-old Terence Crutcher, who was killed in Friday’s Tulsa, Oklahoma, shooting, “looked like he did everything you’re supposed to do. And he looked like a really good man.”

“This young officer, I don’t know what she was thinking. I don’t know what she was thinking but I’m very, very troubled by that,” Trump said, calling it a “terrible situation.”

But hours later he called for the expanded use of stop-and-frisk, a police tactic that a federal judge has ruled can be discriminatory against minorities. Trump said during a Fox News town hall taping that the tactic, which gives police the ability to stop and search anyone they deem suspicious, had “worked incredibly well” in New York, where it was expanded under former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Current New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat who supports Clinton, slammed Trump’s call for more stop-and-frisk as “appalling.”

Clinton’s speech Wednesday in Orlando, Florida, focused on helping people with disabilities thrive in the U.S. economy. She pointed to the Oklahoma and North Carolina shootings at the start of her remarks, saying they added two more names “to a long list of African-Americans killed by police officers. It’s unbearable and it needs to become intolerable.”

Clinton has made curbing gun violence and police brutality a central part of her candidacy. She has campaigned alongside a group of black women called the “Mothers of the Movement,” who advocated for more accountability and transparency by law enforcement. The group includes the mothers of Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, black victims of high-profile killings.

Video of the Oklahoma shooting shows Crutcher’s hands up as officers approach. Crutcher then appears to place his hands on a vehicle before the officers surround him. He then drops to the ground. Someone on the police radio says, “I think he may have just been tasered.” Then almost immediately, someone can be heard yelling, “Shots fired!” Crutcher is left lying in the street.

In Charlotte, North Carolina, on Tuesday, 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott was fatally shot by Charlotte police officer Brentley Vinson. Officers said Scott was armed and posed a threat. Street demonstrations continued into the early hours Thursday.

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  1. cowboy says:

    This is a hard subject. The police cannot keep shooting unarmed people with impunity. However it does not happen everywhere so I would suspect lack of training in some cases. The thing is on the other side of it, people cannot begin engaging in criminal behavior and expect positive results. On some level it is cultural behavior that begets suspicion in the first place. The two sides are not talking and if they are they are not talking about the right things or are not hearing each other. Change is needed on both sides

  2. Me says:

    The thing is cowboy, there is video that the man in Charlotte wasn’t unarmed. He did not have a book in his hand. It was a gun.

    A question I have, why did we not hear of Daniel Kevin Harris? Another shooting took place. A man was speeding and police were behind him trying to pull him over. He finally did. When he got out, they shot and killed him.

    A few points.

    1. It was less than a month before the shooting in the article.
    2. It was in Charlotte.
    3. The man was unarmed, no weapons found
    4. The man was deaf
    5. The man was white
    6. The officer was black

    Why didn’t we hear a thing? The media is doing nothing but baiting people with this crud. It works. It stirs it up. Riots. Another shooting. Stores torn up.

    When all that we see and hear on the news is one side doing it to the other, it looks like nothing but the police hating blacks.

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