Clinton ignores questions on Ferguson
August 24th, 2014
04:57 PM ET
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Clinton ignores questions on Ferguson

Westhampton Beach, New York (CNN) - Hillary Clinton, who has yet to comment about the protests over the death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, ignored questions about the incident on Sunday.

After signing more than 700 books at Books & Books in Westhampton Beach, Clinton was asked by two reporters for her reaction to the controversy.

Clinton ignored both questions and left the bookstore.

Liberal activists and civil rights leaders have asked Clinton for her response, saying she is the presumed front-runner for her party's presidential nomination in 2016 and that she has commented on major news stories in the past.

Michael Brown was shot dead earlier this month by a Missouri police officer. The shooting sparked large protests in the St. Louis suburb, which were highlighted by looting and a sizable police presence.

Attorney General Eric Holder visited Ferguson last week to check in on the federal civil rights investigation into the shooting, and President Barack Obama's White House has begun to look into the equipment the federal government provides to police forces.

At a rally earlier this month about the killing, Rev. Al Sharpton, a civil rights leader and host on MSNBC, said, "Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, don’t get laryngitis on this issue."

He then added, "Nobody can go to the White House unless they stop by our house and talk about policing."

Clinton was well received in the tony New York beach town. Countless attendees urged her to run for president and some even demanded that she do so.

"You've gotta run," said one woman. "I want to vote for you." Another tried guilt, telling Clinton that voting for her was on her bucket list. "You can't deny me of that, right," she added.

Clinton also slightly tipped her hand on running a few times.

When one man said his brother was her youngest canvasser during her failed 2008 bid, Clinton respond with a smile, "Keep up your strength."

Another man asked Clinton for her campaign contact, to which the former first lady replied, "Oh, I don't have a campaign yet."

Two attendees offered mild protest to the former secretary of state. One asked a question about the United States' role in Iran and another said he disapproved of the way Clinton handled the Arab Spring.

In the latter case, Clinton urged the man to read her book.


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soundoff (338 Responses)
  1. luke, AZ

    The Republican process for selecting a presidential candidate usually brings out the worst candidate. The Democrats process for selecting a presidential candidate always brings out the best candidate for president. That's why Hillary Clinton probably won't be selected. Elizabeth Warren or someone else will be selected. Democrats have a much better vetting process to select candidates than the Republicans.

    August 25, 2014 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Don Garrow

    "......so please, by all means, proceed"

    Its obvious you refuse to answer all of my concerns. A store robbery by a violent person has to be talked about in this context, something the black community and its supporters will not discuss. Why isn't it relevant, should it be swept under the rug? It was caught on video! Why would a black person who was about to enter college commit a crime of this nature? Sorry, but that's another question, hope I don't make it to confusing for you?
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    ]The strong arm robbery isn't relevant because the Ferguson Chief of Police said that it was unrelated to the shooting.

    August 25, 2014 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  3. bengalmaniac

    Sniffit
    "Just wondering but its a shame every one has forgotten how this incident began."

    The shoplifting is NOT how it began. The officer who stopped them did not even know about it when he confronted them and it wasn't the reason he did so. That's not even remotely in dispute, so trying to make this about the shoplifting is a LIE. However, I will note that the RWNJs' attempts to do so, as if it justifies how Brown was killed, are just doing more damage to the GOP/Teatrolls with the minority community....so please, by all means, proceed....

    The cop didn't know, but Michael brown did, and that is why he attacked the cop. He was not shot walking backwards or he would have fallen backwards. He fell forwards because he was charging the cop.

    August 25, 2014 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. KeepNewsREAL

    Dan Merica, Why would she be expected to comment on anything other than her book? THis is CNN news. How completely biased and pathetic.

    August 25, 2014 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. john.deatherage

    Expressing an honest opinion might interfere with her election plans.

    August 25, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  6. vbfhru47

    She already has the black vote. She doesn't want to lose votes from other demographic groups. If the toxicology report comes out and Brown is found to be on some hardcore drug it will be difficult to support Brown politically for her for sure.

    August 25, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. vbfhru47

    She already has the black vote. She doesn't want to lose votes from many other demographic groups. If the toxicology report comes out and Brown is found to have been on some hardcore drug it would be difficult politically if she sided against the police. I wouldn't be saying anything about the Ferguson problem either if I were her.

    August 25, 2014 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. Kristine

    Smart woman. She has ZERO facts on the case...just like Obama. So Hillary doesn't make stupid comments based on what the race baiting liberal media says. Obama on the other hand.....

    August 25, 2014 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    "2. The investigation is not over"

    Oh, but ... hey. We're talking FOXabots getting their message out before fact finding is completed. By the time the investigation is over, the intertubes jocks have saturated the message boards with lies and innuendo.

    1. Birth certificate
    2. Fast and Furious
    3. Benghazi
    4. IRS
    5. ( fill in the blank )
    6. ( fill in the blank )
    7. ( fill in the blank )
    8. ( repeat 1- 7 )

    August 25, 2014 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  10. Rod C. Venger

    Clinton wouldn't answer because he handlers have yet told her what she should say. By all means, vote for a marionette for President...but it'll be the unseen hands really running the country. Wake up, people.

    August 25, 2014 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  11. Devil's advocate

    Why would any person who is supposedly going to start college commit strong arm robbery. The black kid had outstanding felony warrants. Perhaps his going to college was just another low life taking advantage of our generous student loan programs. I mean, if your wanting a better life fine, but there is nothing to suggest he took his future seriously, in regards to being a positive part of society, multiple felonies, and another two days before the start of college, let's get realistic here.

    August 25, 2014 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  12. TomTom

    "The shoplifting is NOT how it began"
    Incidentially you are right about that! There even was no "shoplifting" at all. For when you get caught in the act of shoplifting and are detained by the shopkeeper you must not react violently. Once you decide to push the shopkeeper away by force that theft has turned into a robbery.

    What is further "not even remotely in dispute" is the tussle at the window of the patrol car. All witnesses seem to agree about that. Well, when a "humble", "gentle giant" and "innocent to-be-college-boy" struggles with a police officer for his gun then the awkward legend of the "meek-as-a-lamb choirboy" suddenly bursts like a phony soap-bubble.

    Luckily, this wannabe-police-gun-robber got shot before he might succeed next time and be an armed robber from then on!

    August 25, 2014 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  13. Silence DoGood

    @luke, AZ
    The Republican process for selecting a presidential candidate usually brings out the worst candidate. The Democrats process for selecting a presidential candidate always brings out the best candidate for president. That's why Hillary Clinton probably won't be selected. Elizabeth Warren or someone else will be selected. Democrats have a much better vetting process to select candidates than the Republicans.
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    The liberal influence on the Dems makes them look like the adults in the room compared to the nasty criminal activities when it is GOP on TP campaigning.

    August 25, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  14. V_Dude

    Congrats for finally getting one right! The Fed has no business butting into a local law enforcement matter.

    August 25, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  15. Pandamonius

    What could you really expect? The investigation is ongoing, and anything she says is going to incite some people. If she calls for patience whilte the investigation is going and doesn't outright condemn the officer, she'll tick off one group of people. If she blasts the officer, she'll not only tick off another group of people, but will also end her political career for making remarks like that about an officer before the investigation was done.

    IMHO, she did the right thing by ignoring the questions. The reporters weren't interested in her beliefs, they just wanted some nice soundbytes to keep the story going.

    August 25, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  16. the Law

    they just sweep the truth under the table for this kid... what a joke, 50 FBI agents, Obama just loves to be a Puppet for Al Sharpton....

    August 25, 2014 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  17. Chris

    Over 100 black kids killed by the hands of other black kids. Let the investigation continue into the Brown case. But the media and leaders of the black community are ignoring a huge epidemic in this country. Why don't the "good" reverends go march on a weekend in Chi town and curb the violence. They only show up when they smell a chance at publicity and money. If they REALLY care about black youths do something to help these inner city kids.

    August 25, 2014 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  18. tracey

    "Nobody can go to the White House unless they stop by our house and talk about policing." Is Al Sharpton implying that the black vote can make or break a candidate??? He is delusional...and arrogant!

    August 25, 2014 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  19. Sniffit

    "They only show up when they smell a chance at publicity and money. "

    No, they're actually doing it all the time. You just don't pay attention to any of it until something happens that has people talking about white cops brutalizing young black men...at which point you get overly defensive and throw a fit trying to either justify the violence by putting the victim and the black community on public trial and/or deflect and distract from the discussion by yelling about what you'd rather people be talking about.

    August 25, 2014 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. ja

    Good, she need to mute on other matters also

    August 25, 2014 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Chris

    Over 100 black kids killed by the hands of other black kids. Let the investigation continue into the Brown case. But the media and leaders of the black community are ignoring a huge epidemic in this country. Why don't the "good" reverends go march on a weekend in Chi town and curb the violence.
    ----------------------------------
    Two things are being ignored. First and foremost, Rev. Sharpton was *invited* by the family. Second, while the incidents of black-on-black crime have nothing to do with the Brown shooting, there have been many rallies against gun violence in Chicago that have been hosted by people like Sharpton. Michelle Obama has hosted two in Chicago. Many civil rights leaders have conducted rallies in Chicago against the gun violence.

    August 25, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  22. Bill from GA

    All of the Hillary-Butt-Kissers are saying she did the right thing by not commenting until all of the facts are in.

    A strong LEADER would show us the example of stating as much, implying that we all do the same.

    But that might offend the Uber-Liberals who have already declared the policeman a murderer, and Hill wouldn't want to take a stand that might offend someone..

    August 25, 2014 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "The cop didn't know, but Michael brown did, and that is why he attacked the cop. He was not shot walking backwards or he would have fallen backwards. He fell forwards because he was charging the cop."

    He turned around with his hands up. One of the bullet holes in his arm shows that he was either shot with his back turned or while his arm was up facing the cop. He fell forward because he was slumping forward after taking the initial bullets and then took one in the top of his head that came out his eye. The cop put out his story that the kid was only a couple feet from him when he fell and yet there's no gun shot residue on his body. Other witnesses say the cop was the aggressor, grabbing him by the neck and trying to shove him in the car solely because he was talking back when being told to walk on the sidewalk. The witness who was with him said the cop told him "I'm going to shoot you" when there was no threat. The cop claims that Brown tried for his gun and it went off while he was grabbing it...but again, there's no gunshot residue on his hands. But of course, witness credibility is a matter of black and white for you, isn't it?

    August 25, 2014 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  24. 635ee

    "Oh, but ... hey. We're talking FOXabots getting their message out before fact finding is completed.....

    4. IRS"

    lol, when the facts mysteriously disappear on someones hard drive, a reasonable person might the pardon the republicans for coming up with their own conclusions from there.

    August 25, 2014 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. TK Lamont

    The only man with common sense is Ran Paul. Stop giving Billions of $$$$$ to countries who do not need it like one in the Middle East. STOP IT and as long as they are not attacking the country, concentrate on the home fires. He has my vote and I ask all blacks with a libertarian bent to vote for him. A new direction is needed in America.

    August 25, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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