At a campaign rally in Atlanta on Friday, where Hillary Clinton was set to unveil a new criminal justice reform plan, the Democratic frontrunner was interrupted by a group of protesters from Atlanta-based group #AUCShutItDown, chanting “Black Lives Matter” and singing songs. Clinton, whose plan includes a call to end racial profiling in law enforcement, acknowledged the group, but asked them to listen to her speech so she could get to “some very important points that actually prove that black lives do matter and we have to take action together.” The protesters continued despite others in the crowd attempting to drown out their voices by chanting “Hillary” and “Let her talk!”. Meanwhile, Clinton tried to continue with her speech for several minutes, and Rep. John Lewis and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed even joined her on stage to show their support.
Eventually the protesters were removed from the event and Hillary continued her speech. In a statement later that evening, the group explained their decision to protest the event, saying: “Unfortunately, rhetoric DOES NOT save us, nor does it give confidence to black voters that we can trust Hillary to prioritize the necessity of ensuring our safety. We’ve been waiting for weeks to see the platform that addresses these issues from Hillary Clinton’s campaign. We will wait no more.” After the event, Rep. Lewis told CNN that the protesters represented “another time, another period,” arguing it was “unfortunate” that they didn’t listen to Mrs Clinton.