Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, plagued by Black Lives Matter protesters at times, told CNN’s Jake Tapper Sunday on “State of The Nation” Sunday that while it is an “outrage” that a Texas sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot execution style, it is still “unacceptable in this country when unarmed black people get dragged out of cars or get shot. That is happening too often.”
Deputy Darren H. Goforth was wearing his uniform when he was shot in the back Friday night. Authorities describe the act as an unprovoked killing. A suspect is now in custody.
“Other police officers have been killed. I worked with police officers when I was mayor of the city of Burlington. They have a very, very difficult job. And we need to make sure that we have the best-trained, best-paid police departments in the world,” Sanders told Tapper.
He continued, “And, as president, I would help bring that about, community policing and so forth. On the other hand, what we also have to understand, it is not acceptable in this country when unarmed black people get dragged out of cars or get shot. That is happening too often.”
Sanders added that he also wants to reform the criminal justice system that he believes is unfair to to minorities.
Sanders has been drawing massive crowds from the base of the Democratic Party, but minority voters have yet to champion the Vermont Senator as the nominee for the party.
A July Gallup poll showed only 25 percent of non-white Democratic or Democratic leaning voters look at him in a positive light. Hillary Clinton, though, received 80 percent favorability from this demographic.
According to the Census Bureau, Sanders’ home state of Vermont, along with Maine and New Hampshire, are the least racially diverse states in the country with at least a 96 percent white population, ABC News reported.