Candidates weigh in on race and policing after new shootings

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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign event at the Frontline Outreach and Youth Center in Orlando, U.S. September 21, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria - RTSOUGM

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GWEN IFILL: Issues of race and justice were also the candidates’ focus on the campaign trail today.

John Yang reports.

And a warning: It includes language that may be offensive.

JOHN YANG: Donald Trump, the self-proclaimed law and order candidate, raised questions today about the actions of a white police officer whose shooting of an unarmed black man last week is being investigated by the Justice Department.

DONALD TRUMP (R), Presidential Nominee: I watched the shooting, in particular, in Tulsa, and that man was hands up. That man went to the car, hands up, put his hand on the car. I mean, to me, it looked like he did everything you’re supposed to do.

And this young officer, I don’t know what she was thinking. I don’t know what she was thinking. But I’m very, very troubled by that.

JOHN YANG: Trump was speaking during a conference of pastors at a black church in a Cleveland suburb. He was introduced by boxing promoter Don King. King recalled counseling Michael Jackson about the realities of how blacks are viewed in America, and appeared to accidentally use the N-word.

DON KING, Boxing Promoter: if you are rich, you are a rich Negro. If you are intelligent, intellectual, you’re an intellectual Negro. If you are a dancing and sliding and gliding n—– I mean Negro.


DON KING: You are a dancing and sliding and gliding Negro. So dare not alienate because you cannot assimilate.

JOHN YANG: In a town hall airing tonight on FOX News, Trump said he wants to see more use of stop and frisk, a practice a federal judge has called unconstitutional.

HILLARY CLINTON (D), Presidential Nominee: Hello, Orlando!

JOHN YANG: In Orlando, Hillary Clinton also weighed in on race and policing.

HILLARY CLINTON: We have two more names to add to a list of African-Americans killed by police officers in these encounters. It’s unbearable. And it needs to become intolerable.

We need to come together, work together, white, black, Latino, Asian, all of us, to turn the tide, stop the violence, build the trust.


JOHN YANG: As the campaign heads into the homestretch, Clinton has a big financial advantage over Trump. In August, she raised $60 million, her biggest one-month haul yet.

Trump raised just over $40 million. Much of Clinton’s money has been going into TV ads. Since mid-August, according to one analysis, Clinton has outspent Trump on TV by more than 2-1.

For the “PBS NewsHour,” I’m John Yang.

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