Sanders: We Have To Demilitarize Police Dept’s So ‘They Don’t Look Like Occupying Armies’

‘We have got to make our police departments look like the communities they serve in their diversity’

HOLT: "Would you like me to read it back to you?"
SANDERS: "Yeah."
HOLT: "Prosecutors– I believe there’s a huge conflict of interest when local prosecutors investigate cases of police violence within their communities. Most recently we saw this with the non-indictment of the officers involved in the case of 12-year-old Tamir Rice."
SANDERS: "Right."
HOLT: "How would your presidency–"
HOLT: "–ensure incidents of police violence are investigated and prosecuted fairly?"
SANDERS: "Absolutely. This is a responsibility for the U.S. justice department to get involved. Whenever anybody in this country is killed while in police customer they should automatically trigger a U.S. attorney general’s investigation. (Cheering) Second of all, and I think as a mayor who worked very closely and well with police officers, the vast majority of ’em are honest, hardworking people trying to do a difficult job. But let us be clear, if a police officer breaks the law, like any public official, that officer must be held accountable. (Cheering) And thirdly, we have got to demilitarize our police departments so they don’t look like occupying armies. We’ve gotta move to a community police– policing. And fourthly we have got to make our police departments look like the communities they serve in their (Cheering) diversity."

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