Hillary: 'We Have Allowed Criminal Justice System to Get Out of Balance'
Hillary Clinton today called the criminal justice system "out of balance" in the wake of rioting in Baltimore.
There have been violent protests this week following the death of Freddie Gray, who died after suffering a spinal injury while in police custody.
During her speech at Columbia University, Clinton said that an estimated 1.5 million black men are “missing” in the United States due to incarceration and premature death.
She continued, “There is something wrong when more than one out of every three young black men in Baltimore cannot find job. There is something wrong when trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve breaks down as far as it has in many of our communities. We have allowed our criminal justice system to get out of balance, and these recent tragedies should galvanize us to come together as a nation to find our balance again.”
Clinton called for Americans to respect the wishes of Gray’s family and to act peacefully. She added that people who are instigating violence in Baltimore are disrespecting Gray’s family and the community.
“The violence has to stop. But more broadly, let’s remember that everyone in every community benefits when there is respect for the law and when everyone in every community is respected by the law," Clinton said.