If you watched last night’s debate, then you saw a candidate in Donald Trump who doesn’t have smart or experienced answers on how to address criminal justice reform or violence in our communities.
I was impressed that the moderator, Lester Holt, focused so much attention on this important issue, but it was disturbing that Trump used his time to defend his proposal to bring “stop-and-frisk” nationwide.
Here’s the truth: “stop-and-frisk” is unconstitutional, ineffective, and will make it more difficult for communities of color to trust our law enforcement.
In contrast, Secretary Clinton spoke about the need to address implicit bias — not just in law enforcement, but in all of us. She also spoke about the need for comprehensive background checks for guns.
There is no easy answer to reforming our broken criminal justice system — but I can tell you that Trump and his ineffective stop-and-frisk policies aren’t the solution.
We can bring real criminal justice reform to this country in the coming years, and it starts by winning this election. That’s why I’m asking:
I believe yesterday may have been a turning point — not just in the presidential campaign, but in the way we address criminal justice issues as a country. In California, we have worked to take a “smart on crime” approach to justice, applying innovative, data-driven methods to make our system more transparent, effective, and fair.
I am hopeful that alongside Hillary Clinton in the White House, we can implement real solutions nationwide that will improve public safety and build truth, transparency, and trust between law enforcement and our communities.
Thank you for standing with us on this critical issue.