The Democrats had the audacity to trot out and honor mothers of children killed in police shootings.
Dontre Hamilton's mother was among those honored.
The Mothers of the Movement shared their stories.
During a convention marked by rabid dissent, protests and walkouts, there was one thing Tuesday on which Bernie Sanders supporters and Hillary Clinton supporters could agree: Black Lives Matter.This TIME story leaves out the facts of the Dontre Hamilton case.
In three emotional speeches Tuesday night, black mothers who had lost their sons to violence endorsed Hillary Clinton as the candidate they thought would be most likely to soothe the racial divisions that contributed to the deaths of their children. The respect for their obvious anguish was one of the first moments of unity in a convention that has been otherwise marked by dissent.
The grieving mothers, known as Mothers of the Movement, have previously met with Clinton and appeared in an ad for her campaign. But their primetime appearance at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night was at once a powerful gesture to the African-American community and a repudiation of a Republican party that seems increasingly hostile to the Black Lives Matter movement.
...For black delegates, the inclusion of the Mothers was a powerful repudiation of the hostile racial atmosphere they perceive in the Republican party. “Not to have that voice here would be almost ignoring it,” says Mia L. Jones, a Democratic State Representative and delegate from Florida. “She wanted us to know she’s not ignoring it.”
“It shows me that the young men who have died in my community, that there’s a spotlight placed on their deaths, and values placed on their lives,” she added.
The gesture also helped the humanize Clinton in the eyes of many delegates. “It’s not just Hillary the candidate, it’s Hillary the mom, Hillary the wife, Hillary the person,” says LaKeshia Myers, a delegate from Wisconsin. Myers says that when Hillary visited Milwaukee, she asked to meet with the parents of Dontre Hamilton, another slain black man, “just so she could find out how they’re doing.”
Without a doubt, the loss of his life was tragic. However, the facts are brushed aside to support the anti-police movement.
Hillary visited Hamilton's parents. Did she visit law enforcement officers to find out how they're doing?
Of course, Black Lives Matter. The problem is not all Democrats in the hall are comfortable with the idea that Blue Lives Matter.
The convention has two more days.
When will the widows of the officers slain in Dallas and Baton Rouge be honored?
Will the mothers of the Benghazi dead be at the convention?
Philadelphia Police Union Statement:
Philadelphia's police union is condemning Hillary Clinton for allowing relatives of people killed by police to speak at the Democratic National Convention without giving equal time to families of fallen officers.
John McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5, said the union is insulted by the decision to exclude families of officers killed in the line of duty.
"It is sad that to win an election Mrs. Clinton must pander to the interests of people who do not know all the facts, while the men and women they seek to destroy are outside protecting the political institutions of this country," he wrote in Wednesday's statement.
Nesby ends by saying: "Mrs. Clinton, you should be ashamed of yourself if that is possible."