Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Speaks to Supporters during the "African Americans for Hillary Grassroots Organizing Meeting with Hillary Clinton" event at Clark Atlanta University Gymnasium on October 30, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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By Sarah Begley
November 3, 2015

Hillary Clinton met on Monday with the family members of prominent black shooting victims at a Chicago cafe.

Attendees included the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and Dontre Hamilton.

Brown, Rice and Hamilton were all fatally shot by police officers. Martin was shot and killed by neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman.

Asked for comment while leaving, Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton said, “It was a very powerful meeting,” CNN reports. According to a Clinton aide, the group discussed the problems of systemic racism, gun control reform and the need for restoring trust between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.

Clinton has tried to align herself with the Black Lives Matter movement that has been born out of the deaths, often at the hands of police officers, of these young black men.

But her relationship with the group has not been smooth. On Friday, Black Lives Matter activists turned out to protest her rally at a historically black university in Atlanta. When her speech resumed, she called for an end to racial profiling, equal sentencing for crimes involving crack and powder cocaine and reform preventing employers from asking job candidates about criminal history until a conditional offer is on the table.

 

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