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Hillary Clinton Addresses Eric Garner, Praises DOJ Investigations

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed the Eric Garner case for the first time Thursday, praising the Justice Department’s investigations into the Staten Island case as well as the one involving Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

“Each of us has to grapple with some hard truths about race and justice in America, because despite all the progress we’ve made together, African-Americans, most particularly African-American men, are still more likely to be stopped and searched by police, charged with crimes, and sentenced to long prison terms,” Clinton said at the Massachusetts Conference for Women.

Clinton also lamented how the U.S. has 5 percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of the world’s prison population, and said that is not because Americans are more “violent” and “criminal” than others worldwide, “but it is because we have allowed our criminal justice system to get out of balance.”

Clinton added that she hopes Americans will use the Eric Garner and Michael Brown tragedies to “find our balance again.”

Watch the video below, via CNN:

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