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Buttigieg was delivering remarks at the National Action Network convention Thursday when he said, “Black lives matter,” a reference to the protest movement of black activists in 2013 that launched as a result of violent interactions between law enforcement and black men.
“It should enhance — not diminish — the value of a good police department when we assert what should go without saying, but in these times must be said clearly and again and again, that black lives matter,” Buttigieg said.
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“So, a national agenda on criminal justice reform means not only enhancing policing in a more racially and just way — not only challenging discriminatory practices and existing laws — but addressing the harm done by things like the decade long war on drugs. It means reversing and recognizing the harms of mass incarceration,” he added.
The comments were in sharp contrast to his statements in 2015 when he was forced to address the building problems between the South Bend’s police department and the black community.
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“There is no contradiction between respecting the risks that police officers take every day in order to protect this community, and recognizing the need to overcome the biases implicit in a justice system that treats people from different backgrounds differently, even when they are accused of the same offenses,” Buttigieg said in his State of the City speech. “We need to take both those things seriously, for the simple and profound...
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