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Is police brutality against African Americans a problem?

Bush says: No. Aside from rare instances, police officers already treat African Americans fairly.

From CNN: "Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Thursday that Gov. Martin O'Malley should not have to apologize to "Black Lives Matter" protestors, and said criticism of the Democratic presidential contender shows how "uptight" and "politically correct" the debate has become. "We're so uptight and politically correct now that you apologize for saying lives matter," Bush said[.]"
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Carson says: No. Aside from rare instances, police officers already treat African Americans fairly.

From NBC News: ""I really have a tremendous amount of respect for the police because they put their lives on the line every day for us, and they are the very last people that we should be targeting," he said."
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Christie says: Yes.

From ChrisChristie.com: "Effective law enforcement requires a police force that is engaged in their community and has the necessary resources and support. In Camden, New Jersey - long one of the most violent cities in America - Governor Christie joined a coalition of county and community leaders that brought about a fundamental restructuring of the city's police force and a rethinking of their engagement with those they serve."
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Clinton says: Yes.

From HillaryClinton.com: "Black lives matter. Everyone in this country should stand firmly behind that... Since this campaign started, I've been talking about the work we must do to address the systemic inequities that persist in education, in economic opportunity, in our justice system. But we have to do more than talk - we have to take action."
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Cruz says: No. Aside from rare instances, police officers already treat African Americans fairly.

From Cruz's Senate website: "Cops across this country are feeling the assault. They're feeling the assault from the President, from the top on down as we see, whether it's in Ferguson or Baltimore, the response of senior officials of the President, of the Attorney General, is to vilify law enforcement. That is fundamentally wrong, and it is endangering the safety and security of us all. I'm proud to stand with law enforcement, to stand with the police and fire fighters and first responders."
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Fiorina says: No. Aside from rare instances, police officers already treat African Americans fairly.

From Fox News: "Do "black lives matter" or do "all lives matter"? Megyn [Kelly] asked. "First of all, of course all lives matter," Fiorina said."
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Graham says: No. Aside from rare instances, police officers already treat African Americans fairly.

From CNN: ""I [] know the actions of the officer in this situation [who shot an unarmed Black man] do not accurately reflect on the many valuable contributions made by thousands of law enforcement officers in South Carolina and across our nation.""
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Huckabee says: No. Aside from rare instances, police officers already treat African Americans fairly.

From CNN: "Mike Huckabee says Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would be "appalled" by the Black Lives Matter movement, and that "it's more of a sin problem than a skin problem.""
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Jindal says: No. Aside from rare instances, police officers already treat African Americans fairly.

From the Guardian: "On Saturday Bobby Jindal, the Louisiana governor who has not yet declared his candidacy for the GOP nomination, accused the president of having a divisive tone on race. Jindal was responding to a question about recent riots in Baltimore which followed the death in police custody of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African American man."We're not just talking about Baltimore or some of the incidents recently, but I've said I think for quite some time the president continues to divide us," Jindal told reporters following a speech at the South Carolina Freedom Summit, a conservative gathering of grassroots activists."
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Kasich says: Yes.

From CBS News: "Kasich... told CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett that he understands the concerns motivating the Black Lives Matter movement - and that he's leading the way in addressing them. "There are a lot of people in our inner cities who feel that the system... works against them," Kasich said, and "in some cases, they are" right. "I'm one governor who has also led on this issue," he added."
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O'Malley says: Yes.

From MartinOMalley.com: "[L]aw enforcement is at its best when officers work together with neighborhood residents to ensure public safety and promote the dignity of all people. This "guardian" ethic better protects citizens and law enforcement alike. Moreover, people have the greatest trust in law enforcement when officers' strategies and policies reflect their own values and input, and when policing data and practices are transparent and accessible to the public."
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Pataki says: No. Aside from rare instances, police officers already treat African Americans fairly.

From CNN: ""Sickened by these barbaric acts [the murder of two New York City police officers], which sadly are a predictable outcome of divisive anti-cop rhetoric of Eric Holder and Mayor de Blasio," [Pataki] tweeted. Pataki was referring to de Blasio's and Holder's support for peaceful protests that decried alleged police brutality in the killings of Eric Garner in New York and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, two unarmed black men."
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Paul says: Yes.

From RandPaul.com: "Although I was born into the America that experiences and believes in opportunity, my trips to Ferguson, Detroit, Atlanta, and Chicago have revealed that there is an undercurrent of unease brought forth by our unjust criminal justice system."
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Rubio says: Yes.

From Breitbart: ""It is a fact that in the African-American community around this country there has been, for a number of years now, a growing resentment toward the way law enforcement and the criminal justice system interacts with the community. It is particularly endemic among young African-American males - that in some communities in this country have a much higher chance of interacting with criminal justice than higher education. We do need to face this. It is a serious problem in this country.""
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Sanders says: Yes.

From BernieSanders.com: "It is an outrage that in these early years of the 21st century we are seeing intolerable acts of violence being perpetuated by police, and racist terrorism by white supremacists... We must demilitarize our police forces so they don't look and act like invading armies."
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Santorum says: No. Aside from rare instances, police officers already treat African Americans fairly.

From the Des Moines Register: "Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum says there's a legitimate concern about police misbehavior, but he worries about an overreaction that has left law enforcement officers afraid to do their jobs, resulting in a spike of crime in some communities. The Republican presidential candidate said Monday in Des Moines that there has been a tremendous increase in police accountability, with many officers now wearing body cameras and other measures being taken to scrutinize their performance. "But with everything there is a balance," he said, adding he's fearful that harsh criticism of police is hurting law enforcement."
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Trump says: No. Aside from rare instances, police officers already treat African Americans fairly.

From the Hill: "GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Tuesday night said he supported all lives and suggested that supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement are promoting "hate." "I think they're trouble. I think they're looking for trouble," the tough-talking tycoon said during a Fox News interview with Bill O'Reilly."
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