Trump calls for ‘national anti-crime agenda’

Trump calls for ‘national anti-crime agenda’

Washington, Sep 23 (IANS) Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has called for a “national anti-crime agenda” to combat violent crime in US cities as he condemned the unrest in Charlotte in North Carolina, where protests turned violent.

“Our country looks bad to the world, especially when we are supposed to be the world’s leader. How can we lead when we can’t even control our own cities,” Trump said during a speech in Pittsburgh on Thursday to a conference of shale oil and natural gas producers, CNN reported.

After police shot a man officials say was armed, two nights of protests followed there, slipping into violence Wednesday night with numerous civilian and police injuries reported, as well as looting and property destruction.

Trump, who has focused on restoring “law and order” in his presidential campaign, seized on the unrest in Charlotte to renew his call for tough-on-crime policies to bring down crime rates in major American cities and once again appeal to African-Americans to join his campaign.

“The people who will suffer the most as a result of these riots are law-abiding African-American residents who live in these communities where crime is so rampant,” Trump said.

“There is no compassion in tolerating lawless conduct. Crime and violence is an attack on the poor and will never be accepted in a Trump administration, ever, ever.”

Trump has previously said that he would look to increase the number of police officers in inner cities to bring down the crime rate and improve training, but has offered little other specifics on this policy front.

Trump blames Clinton for unrest following fatal police shootings

Washington, Sep 23 (IANS) Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump suggested that rival Hillary Clinton was responsible for unrest after police shootings of African-Americans, saying she “supported with a nod” the idea “that cops are a racist force to our society”.

Clinton “shares directly in with the responsibility for the unrest that is afflicting our country,” Trump told a crowd in suburban Philadelphia on Thursday, while the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, braced for a third night of protests following a fatal police shooting of a black man on Tuesday night.

“Rioting in the streets is a threat to all peaceful citizens and it must be ended and it must be ended now,” Trump said.

Trump’s remarks came as police confirmed the death of a protestor shot in demonstrations in the aftermath of the killing of Keith Scott in Charlotte, the Guardian reported.

Police and Scott’s family have told contradictory accounts of the shooting, with officers alleging he had a gun and family saying he held a book.

Mike Pence, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, also spoke about the issue on Thursday, telling pastors in Colorado that he disagreed with protesters who have demonstrated against police abuses for nearly two years.

“Donald Trump and I believe that there’s been far too much talk of institutional bias or racism within law enforcement,” Pence said, insisting the issue was resolved. “We ought to set aside this talk about institutional racism and institutional bias.”

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