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Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump recently weighed in on the arrest of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old Chicago woman who was arrested after a traffic stop in Texas on July 10. Bland was subsequently placed into police custody and just three days later, found dead in her jail cell.

During an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Donald Trump commented on the arrest itself, focusing on the aggressive actions of the individual who made the arrest, Texas trooper Brian Encinia.

“I will tell you I saw that clip, on your show by the way, I thought it was terrible,” Donald Trump says. “I thought he was so aggressive. It was a traffic signal as I understand it. Who gets out of a car for a traffic signal? I haven’t been pulled over in a while, actually, but seriously? He just looked very aggressive. I didn’t like his demeanor, I thought it was terrible to be honest with you and I’m a huge fan of the police. I think the police have to be given back power, but this guy was overly aggressive, terribly aggressive.”

Donald Trump was later asked whether or not he believes such occurrences happen more frequently to African Americans.

“I hope it doesn’t, but it might,” Trump says. “I have a great relationship with African Americans as you possibly have heard, I just have great respect for them. They like me [and] I like them. The answer is, it possibly does, it shouldn’t and it’s very sad if [that’s] the case. I will say though, in this case, I watched that so closely, I watched it a few times, he was terrible.”


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