Hillary Clinton says the nation needs to work together to repair rifts between police officers and the communities they serve and guard against more discord, which the Associated Press calls a veiled reference to rival Donald Trump. Clinton met privately yesterday at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City with eight law enforcement leaders, joining with chiefs of police in the days after Trump, her Republican opponent, accused her of being “against the police” after a police shooting in Milwaukee.
Clinton made no mention of her opponent at the start of her meeting with eight law enforcement leaders but her comments appeared aimed at pushing back against Trump’s claims that he was the best candidate to restore law and order following a rash of deadly police shootings. Clinton has made criminal justice reform a central piece of her candidacy and has been frequently joined by a group of black women who lost a child to gun violence or amid allegations of police brutality. Trump spokesman Jason Miller said after the meeting that Clinton “and her allies’ anti-police rhetoric show she cares more about protecting criminals over keeping America safe.” Clinton was joined at the round-table discussion by retiring New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. The meeting also included Bratton’s successor, New York City Police Chief James O’Neill; Los Angeles Police Chief Charles Beck; former police chief Charles Ramsey of Philadelphia and law enforcement leaders from Seattle; Tucson, Arizona; Camden County, N.J., and Dallas County, Tx.