Hillary Clinton sat beside women who had lost loved ones to confrontations with police as they recounted vivid details of the deaths Wednesday evening in a steamy packed church.
“For the mothers, fathers that have lost children and she didn’t call you, I am sorry. I only know that she called me. She called these sisters on the stage,” said Geneva Reed-Veal, whose daughter, Sandra Bland, died in a jail cell last year, three days after a traffic stop near Houston.
Reed-Veal and some of the women had appeared with Clinton before, providing powerful and personal testimony that is far different from typical campaign rallies. They also provide a rebuttal to critics of former President Bill Clinton’s get-tough-on-crime strategies that have caused some black activists to criticize Hillary Clinton.