Hillary Clinton: We Need To Reform National Use-Of-Force Guidelines For Police


WOLF BLITZER, CNN: Madam secretary, how would you bridge the divide between police officers who now feel targeted and African-Americans who also feel they are targets?

HILLARY CLINTON: Well, I think that is the most important question, Wolf, because we have got to do a lot more to bring the police together with the communities that they protect, and we have to have better lines of communication.

As I said, we need national guidelines to really set out when force should be used and especially when deadly force should be used. Some police departments have really taken that to heart. They have done an excellent job over the last years, trying to figure out how to prevent any situation from escalating into the use of force. And, at the same time, we need communities to feel that they can trust the police and that the police are trying to protect them and that is going to take a lot more communication, a lot more bridge building.

It's going to take a lot of training on the part of our police officers to get back into the communities, to understand what is happening in neighborhoods. I thought we were on the right track.

Somehow, we have veered off of it in recent years. I've met with so many family members, of those who have been killed in encounters. I've certainly talked with police officers' families who also have been killed in encounters. And we just have to make up our minds that we are going to bring our country together. This is much deeper even than these terrible killings. We have got to start, once again, respecting and treating each other with the dignity that every person deserves.

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