Clinton talks police brutality, jobs, healthcare at NAACP convention in Cincinnati

Published:
Updated:

Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton took the stage for roughly 45 minutes at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati speaking at the 107th Annual NAACP Convention Monday.

In her first minute on stage, Clinton came out swinging.

“I have to start by saying we all know about that other convention happening in Cleveland, today,” she said, calling attention to the Republican National Convention.

It was a jab at Donald Trump who declined the NAACP’s invitation.

“My opponent in this race may have a different view, but there’s nowhere I’d rather be than right here with all of you,” she said.

Trump’s lack of participation was noticed by those in attendance.

“If I’d have been in his place, I would not have accepted either because we already know where he stands,” Gwendolyn Daniels said.

“I don’t think he really cares about the NAACP,” Ashley Daisley said. “He doesn’t care about black people…he doesn’t care about us.”

Clinton talked about recent police-involved shootings and the shooting deaths of police officers in Dallas and Louisiana.

“This madness has to stop,” she said.

She said the dialogue of mutual respect between police and civilians must improve.

“We’ve come a long way, but you know and I know that we have so much further to go,” she said.

Kevin Felder, with the Dallas NAACP chapter, applauds Clinton for her attempt to better the situation.

“I think she was very impactful,” he said. “I think she was genuine in her comments. The number one issue right now on the table is police brutality.”

Clinton wants to reform the criminal justice system by holding police departments accountable for their actions, having a clear guideline for the use of deadly force, requiring accurate data on in-custody deaths and supporting independent investigations that involve fatal encounters with police.

“I will start taking action on day one and every day after that until we get this done,” she said.

She also talked about education, healthcare and job creation for all. She says her plan consists of putting $20 billion towards job creation for young adults.

“Rosa Parks opened up every seat on the bus,” she said. “Our challenge, now, is to expand jobs so everyone can afford the fare.”

“It just made me believe that she’s really here for us as far as jobs, healthcare…everything,” Creneace Taylor said.

Daniels said Clinton talked a good game, but says what ultimately matters is what she does if she becomes the next president.

“Words – they are one thing,” she said. “Action is another thing.”

Clinton ended her speech by announcing her new campaign to get three million people registered to vote in the fall election. She said it is a campaign that will bring jobs to Ohio.