NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Hillary Clinton met with a group of top law enforcement leaders, including the retiring New York City police commissioner Bill Bratton, in New York City on Thursday.
At the start of the meeting, Clinton said the nation needs to work together to “repair the bonds of trust and respect” between police officers and communities, and not stoke more divisions.
She said the country can’t ignore the challenges and “certainly we must not inflame them,” and told the group that the nation needs to work together “to bridge our divides, not stoke more divisiveness.”
Clinton met with eight leading law enforcement leaders, including Bratton and his successor, James O’Neill; Charles Beck of the Los Angeles Police Department and former police chief Charles Ramsey of Philadelphia.
Other participants include law enforcement leaders from Tucson, Arizona; Seattle; Camden County, New Jersey; and Dallas County, Texas.
Clinton’s meeting comes as Trump, the Republican nominee, has accused her of being “against the police” and vowed to restore law and order if elected president.
Aides said Clinton’s meeting had been planned for several weeks and would build upon her outreach to law enforcement during the campaign.
Following a deadly shooting of police officers in Dallas that left five officers dead and several injured, Clinton urged Americans to try to walk in the shoes of law enforcement and Democrats had law enforcement officials speak at their summer convention, including Ramsey.
On Thursday, Clinton said the deadly shootings in Dallas, Baton Rouge and Milwaukee show the need for respect between police officers and residents.
According to a recent poll, Clinton has a 30-point lead over Trump in New York.
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