MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton returned to Alabama for a tribute to Rosa Parks and the lawyers behind the Montgomery Bus Boycott on Tuesday. Sixty years after the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Hillary Clinton says lawyers are still on the front lines of the battle for equal treatment. Now she’s weighing in on controversial cases that put law enforcement and protestors at odds with each other.
Speaking at the National Bar Association event at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, former U.S. Secretary of State and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton was introduced by bar association president Benjamin Crump.
Crump has represented the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.
Crump told the crowd that working on cases like those is a way for attorneys to continue taking an active role in the struggle for civil rights equality.
“What we’re really doing brothers and sisters is helping America live up to its creed of being this great beacon of hope and justice for all the world to marvel,” said Crump.
Clinton took aim at the American judicial system during her time at the podium.
She said the number of people imprisoned in the U.S. and the racial disparities among prisoner statistics are signs of a problem. Former Secretary Clinton told the crowd that the nation must work to repair the trust between police departments and embattled communities.
“There are still injustices perpetrated throughout our country every day, sometimes in spite of the law, and sometimes- unfortunately- in keeping with it,” said Clinton.
“There are still too many Americans especially African-Americans whose experience with the justice system is not what it should be. There are still too many ways in which our laws and our policies fall short of our ideals,” she continued.
It wasn’t all negative, Clinton also had some praise for law enforcement in America.
“And as we work to deliver real reforms that can be felt in our communities, there’s a lot of good work to build on. Across the country many police officers are out there every day inspiring trust and confidence honorably doing their duty, putting themselves on the line, to save lives and many police departments are deploying creative and effective strategies demonstrating how we can protect the public without resorting to unnecessary force,” said Clinton.
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