Hillary Calls for Justice for Laquan McDonald’s Death: ‘We Cannot Go On Like This’
Hillary Clinton jumped on the bandwagon today when she released a statement on Twitter bemoaning the brutal death of Laquan McDonald.
Statement of Hillary Clinton on the shooting of Laquan McDonald: pic.twitter.com/xcvQMUrbFP
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 25, 2015
McDonald’s death has been a topic of racial tension for Chicago for the past year, ever since Officer Jason Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times during a confrontation in 2014. While the debate continues over whether Van Dyke used excessive force to react to a situation he called life-threatening, he is currently facing first-degree murder charges, and the release of the shooting’s graphic dashcam video has already prompted demonstrations across the city.
Clinton said that the death put the national perspective on police brutality once again, saying this was the next chapter of “the loss of so many young African Americans taken too soon.”
“The family of Laquan McDonald and the people of Chicago deserve justice and accountability,” Clinton said. “The mothers I met recently in Chicago are right: we cannot go on like this,” she added.
Clinton noted that America has plenty of officers who successfully enforce the law without rushing to use excessive force, and she said in her statement that the nation should focus on establishing their behavior as the standard.
“We need to learn from and build on those examples,” Clinton said.
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