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Hillary Clinton Shares Thoughts on Combating Police Brutality in Lena Dunham Interview

Clinton says we we need to hold police to a higher standard

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Sadie Gennis

Lena Dunham interviewed Hillary Clinton for the inaugural issue of her newsletter, Lenny, in which the former secretary of state discussed the ongoing problem of police brutality against people of color.

As Clinton explained, "we can't continue to make progress if we're not even honest with ourselves that we still have problems. One of the areas where we have problems is the relationship between communities of color and the police forces who are to protect them."

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Clinton touched upon the militarization of the police after 9/11, noting that "those police departments began to look like they were in a war zone, not protecting the family down the block or the neighborhood community center across town. That sent a very dangerous and threatening message."

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And though she acknowledged that most of the deaths in low-income communities of color are not due to police, Clinton stated that it's crucial to hold police to a higher standard. "I don't feel like police officers are being as well trained as they need to, to try to prevent problems, to try to make it possible to talk with people to end some of the incidents that are going on," Clinton explained. "I think their first reaction is one of anxiety and nervousness and they overreact.

"I think we have a lot of work to do. But I take it very seriously, and as president, I would do whatever I could to see what new laws were needed, what new training was needed, what new resources were needed," she continued. "But ultimately this has to be between the community. They have to respect the police, and the police have to respect the community."