Dem vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris called for an end to the “all too familiar” cases of police violence toward people of color.
Harris, a U.S.senator. and former California AG, in a counter-speech ahead of President Trump’s convention appearance tonight, said Americans are seeing community pain “in the aftermath of yet another Black man shot by police.”
“My heart goes out to the Blake family as they endure an ordeal that is tragically common in our country,” she said.
She said she and Dem presidential candidate Joe Biden spoke with Blake’s family yesterday, and that his family reiterated calls to end violent unrest in the city and bring unity “even in their pain and their grief.”
She called it “no wonder” people would peacefully protest against police violence and urged people not to conflate protesters and those looting, damaging property and hurting people in Kenosha and other parts of the country.
“And make no mistake, we will not let vigilantes and extremists derail the path to justice,” she said, referencing Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old Illinois resident who has been arrested for the Tuesday night murder of two people on Kenosha’s streets.
She promised a Biden-Harris administration would ensure justice for people of color and pass legislation to reform American policing.
Harris also slammed the Trump administration’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis, calling the reality of the nation “completely absent” from this week’s Republican National Convention.
Watch Harris’ speech: