Hillary Clinton has broken her silence on Ferguson.
Speaking at a technology conference in San Francisco Thursday morning, Clinton addressed the death of Michael Brown, nearly three weeks after the unarmed teenager was shot to death by police officer Darren Wilson in the St. Louis, Missouri, suburb.
“We cannot ignore the inequities that exist in our justice system,” Clinton said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Carla Marinucci. Clinton applauded President Barack Obama for sending Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson to “see that justice is done, to help this community in healing itself.”
According to CNN’s Dan Merica, Clinton also spoke out on the increased militarization of local police forces, calling on cops to “serve and protect their communities with professionalism.”
“Nobody wants to see our streets look like a war zone, not in America,” Clinton said, according to Marinucci. “We are better than that.”
Until Thursday’s remarks, the former secretary of state and potential 2016 presidential candidate had yet to acknowledge the protests in Ferguson. The Rev. Al Sharpton, who spoke at Brown’s funeral on Monday, called out Clinton on her silence last week.
“This is now a national, central issue, and anyone running for president needs to come up with a formula, or, in my opinion, they forfeit their right to be taken seriously,” he said. “I’m amazed that we’re not hearing from leading candidates … Chris Christie or Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton. I land in New York this morning, and I see Chris Christie dancing with Jamie Foxx.”
SOURCE: Mollie Reilly