Both major party presidential nominees responded Wednesday morning to recent police-involved shootings of black men in North Carolina and Oklahoma.
First to respond on Twitter was Republican nominee Donald Trump, who posted that he thought the shootings in both Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Charlotte, North Carolina, were “tragic.”
“The situations in Tulsa and Charlotte are tragic,” he wrote. “We must come together to make America safe again.”
“Hopefully the violence & unrest in Charlotte will come to an immediate end,” he continued, making mention of the riots that ensued in the city last night, leading to 16 police officers being injured. “To those injured, get well soon. We need unity & leadership.”
Shortly after, the Democratic nominee posted to Twitter that “this has got to end.”
“Keith Lamont Scott. Terence Crutcher. Too many others,” she posted to Twitter, naming the black men who were shot in each incident. “This has got to end.”
Clinton had spoken specifically on Crutcher’s death during an appearance Tuesday on “The Steve Harvey Morning Show.”
“How many times do we have to see this in our country?” Clinton said. “In Tulsa, an unarmed man with his hands in the air. This is just unbearable. And it needs to be intolerable.”
“Maybe I can, by speaking directly to white people, say, look, this is not who we are,” she continued. “We have got to do everything possible to improve policing, to go right at implicit bias.”
Trump expanded on his thoughts during a Wednesday appearance at a church in Cleveland.
“You always have problems,” he said. “You have somebody in there that either makes a mistake, that’s bad, or that chokes. I must tell you, I watched the shooting in particular in Tulsa. That man was hands up, that man went to the car, hands up, put his hand on the car. To me it looked like everything you’re supposed to do. And he looked like a really good man.”
“And maybe I’m a little clouded because I saw his family talk about him after the fact, so you get a little bit – different image maybe,” he continued. “But to me he looked like somebody that was doing what they were asking them to do.”
He said he was “very, very troubled” by the officer who shot him.
“So we all respect our police greatly,” he later said. “And they will just have to get better and better and better.”
Crutcher, who was unarmed and shown on video to have his hands up in the air, was shot and killed by police earlier this week in Tulsa as he approached his vehicle.
Police said that Crutcher placed his hands back into his pockets as he approached the car, and the responding officer thought he was armed. A police officer approached him as she was responding to another 911 call, thinking that he was impaired in the middle of a road.
Scott was sitting in his car on Tuesday when approached by officers who were searching for another individual with outstanding warrants, police said. Scott, who police say had a gun, refused to drop his firearm before he was fatally shot by a black officer, authorities added.
Scott’s family said he was unarmed and disabled and had been reading a book. Police said they recovered a gun on the scene and found no book. No footage of the incident has been released as of Wednesday morning.
Scott’s death lead to a night of violence in Charlotte. Peaceful protests followed Crutcher’s death.