Bernie Sanders to National Urban League: ‘Black Lives Matter’
BERNIE SANDERS: "A growing number of communities throughout this country do not trust the police, and police have become disconnected from the communities they are sworn to protect. When I was mayor of Burlington, Vermont, the largest city in the state, one of the things we did -- and I believe this very strongly -- is we moved toward community policing. Community policing means that police are part of the community, not seen as oppressors in the community, and that is the direction that we have got to move. Sandra bland, Michael Brown, Eric gasher, Walt -- garner, Walter Scott, Freddie grey, we know their names. Each of them died unarmed at the hands of police officers or in police custody. Let us all be very clear, violence and brutality of any kind particularly at the hands of law enforcement sworn to protect and serve their communities is unacceptable and must not be tolerated. [Applause] We must reform our criminal justice system. Black lives do matter, and we must value black lives."