Pence: We Should Not ‘Seize Upon Tragedy’ In Police Incidents For Political Gain

Tuesday at Longwood University in Farmville, VA, at the vice-presidential debate between Democratic nominee Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Republican nominee Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN), Pence said,”the bad mouthing that comes from people that seize upon tragedy in the wake of police action shootings as a reason to use a broad brush to accuse law enforcement of implicit bias or institutional racism.” Pence said, “You know, my uncle was a cop, a career cop, on the beat in downtown Chicago. He was my hero when I was growing up. And we grew up to visit my dad’s family in Chicago, my three brothers and I would marvel at my uncle when he would come out in his uniform, sidearm at his side. Police officers are the best of us, and the men and women—white, African-American, Latino, Asian, Hispanic—they put their lives on the line every single day. And let my say, at the risk of agreeing with you, community policing is a great idea. It’s worked in the Hoosier state. And we fully support that. Donald Trump and I are going to make sure that law enforcement have the resources and the tools to be able to really restore law and order