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Hillary Clinton praises Black Lives Matter movement in Tampa radio interview

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Hillary Clinton called into Tampa hip-hop radio station 95.7 The Beat late Friday afternoon and gave praise to the Black Lives Matter movement.

“I think they’ve played a really important role in our country,” she told Anjali “Queen B”.

“These young people who came together to raise questions and also offered solutions. It’s not just been one-sided. I’ve met with them, I’ve listened to them. They come up with a lot of important recommendations. I think they’ve played a very constructive role in helping us all to face up to the work that we need to do to confront systemic racism in America.”

She said she would take on the challenge of criminal justice reform. That would include signing an executive order on “banning the box” for federal employers and contractors. That’s been a popular item in the criminal justice reform movement, which calls for hiring agencies to remove the criminal record from its application form.

Clinton also said she would eliminate sentencing disparities for crack and powder cocaine, and end racial profiling to attempt to restore trust between the police and the black community, “because I think we are all safer when the police respect the people in communities and communities respect the police, and we’re going to work hard to make that happen.”

Clinton talked up the fact that early voting starts Monday in Hillsborough County and other parts of Florida.

President Obama called into the same radio program on Wednesday.

You can here the entire interview here.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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