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Clinton Condemns Iowa Police Shooting

Hillary Clinton has disavowed the recent ambush in Iowa which left two police officers dead.

The Hill reports:

Hillary Clinton publicly expressed her condolences to the loved ones of two Iowa police officers who were killed on the line of duty earlier on Wednesday.

“I want to say a few words about the two police officers who were killed in the line of duty in Iowa. This is horrifying, heartbreaking, it is totally unacceptable,” said the Democratic presidential nominee at the start of her campaign rally in Las Vegas.

“I have spoken with the mayors of the two cities where it happened. … I certainly expressed our condolences and told them that my thoughts and prayers were with the families of the fallen officers and with their fellow officers.”

Clinton also pledged that as president, she would ensure justice for slain police officers.

“As president, I will bring the full weight of the law down on anyone who kills a police officer and see to it that they are brought to justice,” she said.

“I also believe that everyone is safer when the police respect the people they protect and when the people respect the police who serve them. And we’ve got to get back to showing respect and support for each other,” she added.

Clinton also said that helping the police goes beyond mutual respect and proposed assisting police departments across the country with developing better strategies when it comes to dealing with people who have mental health problems.

“I hear it across America, and we are going to do something about both mental health and addiction when I am your president,” Clinton told her supporters.

On Wednesday, Sgt. Anthony Beminio and Officer Justin Martin were shot and killed by a gunman in separate “ambush-style attacks,” according to the Des Moines Police Department.

The suspect, 46-year-old Scott Michael Greene, was taken into custody several hours after the shooting.

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