“I don’t think we as a society can ignore that in many communities across this country the relationship between local law enforcement and the African American community is at an all-time low,” he said. “The bottom line is you have millions of Americans, particularly young African-American males, who feel like police departments target them on a regular basis.”
After saying he has “tremendous respect” for law enforcement, Rubio volunteered that he personally knows people “who have told me they have been stopped, in any given year, 10 to 12 times.”
“And they believe they are being targeted because of their race,” he said. “That is deeply concerning.”
But Rubio had no federal prescription to treat this dire diagnosis.
“I don’t know if there is a law we can pass in Congress to change that,” he said. “But I do think it is incumbent upon local communities to improve the relationship between law enforcement and the community that they are there to serve and protect.”