Hillary Rodham Clinton says the fatal shooting of an unarmed Missouri teenager and the violent protests that followed resulted from frayed bonds of trust in his racially divided community.
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Thursday's remarks in San Francisco were the former secretary of state's first comments about Michael Brown's Aug. 9 death in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.
As a potential Democratic presidential candidate, Clinton has been criticized for waiting so long to talk about the black teen's shooting by a white police officer.
In a speech to a technology group, Clinton criticized the shooting and the numerous tense confrontations between protesters and heavily armed police.
She says U.S. streets shouldn't look like war zones.