Sep 21, 2016 11:21 AM
Clinton wants to talk 'directly to white people' after latest police shootings
Following the police shooting of a black man in Tulsa, Okla., Hillary Clinton said she wanted to speak "directly to white people."
Tulsa police released video on Monday of last week’s shooting. TERRENCE Crutcher, 40 ? a father and student who sang at church every week ? was shot and killed by a white officer after his vehicle stalled in the middle of a roadway.
Clinton argued - on Steve Harvey's radio show - that police shooting unarmed black men is an epidemic, and wanted to let white people know "this is not who we are."
Police say Tulsa officer Betty Shelby fatally shot Crutcher while responding to a report of a stalled vehicle last week. Shelby's attorney says Crutcher was not following officers' commands and that Shelby felt threatened, though authorities say Crutcher did not have a gun on him or in his vehicle.
Below is Clinton's full statement from the show:
Maybe I can, by speaking directly to white people, say, 'Look, this is not who we are.' We have to do everything possible to improve policing, to go right at implicit bias. There are good, honorable, cool-headed police officers. We've seen them in action in New York in the last, you know, 48 hours because of the terrorist attacks. We can do better. We have got to rein in what is absolutely inexplicable and we have got to have law enforcement respect communities and communities respect law enforcement because they have to work together.
Later on Tuesday, a man was shot and killed by police in Charlotte. Riots ensued in the city, but the officer who fired the fatal shot was black, the police chief said.
Police also said Wednesday that Keith Lamont Scott had a gun, a refused to drop it after several warnings.
The officer who shot Scott has been placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.