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Kamala Harris praises Dallas chief, calls for confronting profiling

California Attorney General Kamala Harris answers questions about a settlement with Volkswagen during a news conference o June 28, 2016, in San Francisco.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris answers questions about a settlement with Volkswagen during a news conference o June 28, 2016, in San Francisco. AP

Democrat Kamala Harris, the state’s top law enforcement official and a candidate for U.S. Senate, on Tuesday praised Dallas Police Chief David Brown for his leadership following the deaths of five officers in an ambush-style attack during a peaceful march last week.

Brown told reporters that he and his family have received death threats since the deadly shooting in downtown Dallas. He also has come under criticism for inviting marchers concerned about excessive force by officers to “get out that protest line” and put in an application to join his police force to “resolve some of those problem.”

“He has been an incredible leader in this time,” Harris said of Brown on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe. “I know him. I know the work of the Dallas PD. It’s one of the finest police departments in the United States.”

Her appearance on the influential cable program comes after another pair of fatal, officer-involved shootings of two black men last week, and the resurgence of protests around the country.

Harris, who has written a book about the criminal justice system, said the conversation between law enforcement and communities must come with the understanding that both want safer neighborhoods.

“I don’t know a cop who has not left their home at the beginning of their shift with a silent prayer that they come home at the end of their shift,” she said. “And, as a black woman, I don’t know a black man, be he a relative, a colleague or a friend, that has not been the subject of racial profiling or an unfair stop.

That’s the truth. So let’s start there. And let’s not be defensive about this.”

Christopher Cadelago: 916-326-5538, @ccadelago

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