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Hillary Clinton meets with mother of Trayvon Martin



Hillary Clinton met today in Chicago with the mother of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager whose death led to national controversy and questions of race and use of force.

"Hillary and the family members discussed the need to deliver real reforms that can be felt on our streets and that can rebuild the bonds of trust in our communities," the campaign said. "Clinton believes that we continue to face real problems of systemic racism and injustice. She has said, 'we have allowed our criminal justice system to get out of balance.' "

Particpants included:

Sybrina Fulton – mother of Trayvon Martin;

Samaria Rice – mother of Tamir Rice;

Lesley McSpadden – mother of Michael Brown;

Maria Hamilton – mother of Dontre Hamilton;

Joy McCormack – mother of Francisco “Frankie” Valencia; and other mothers.

During the meeting, Clinton "listened as the mothers and families shared their heartbreaking stories and discussed what must be done in order to prevent future incidents like the ones that have taken the lives of their children," the campaign said.

It said Clinton as presidnet would "act on gun violence and will work to improve relations between law enforcement officials and the communities they serve. She believes that we can have commonsense gun reforms that keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the violently unstable, including background checks for online sales and closing the gun show and Charleston loophole."


[Last modified: Monday, November 2, 2015 9:20pm]


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