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Charlotte leaders reflect on Hillary Clinton's visit

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Community leaders are hoping 24 hours after presidential candidate Hillary Clinton visited Charlotte change will happen sooner rather than later. Clinton spent around 90 minutes talking to several community leaders. 

Shaun Corbett, co-founder of Cop and Barbers, participated in that conversation.

"She actually really just wanted to hear how we felt," Corbett said. "Our feelings over everything that has happened over the last couple of weeks. How can we move forward. How can she help, what can she be a part of."

Clinton's visit came days after Charlotte endured riots and violent protests after a Charlotte Mecklenburg Police officer shot and killed an African American man. Corbett and others shared with Clinton ways the city can move forward.

"Better training for our law enforcement definitely," Corbett said. "Better relation with our elected officials and some of the legislation being changed."

Corbett said Clinton wondered why the violence after Charlotte and Cops and Barbers have been showcased as a place where police and community working together to keep the peace.

"You can't say that it didn't work," Corbett said. "Because think of how many situations that could have happened that didn't - due to those relationships that were built during the Cops and Barbers.  What happened was just a faith test. It's just like OK - it just let us know there's more work to be done. We can't walk away and pat ourselves on the back and say job well done. It's time to roll up our sleeves and continue to work."

The president of Mecklenburg County's  National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Corine Mack also met with Clinton Sunday. They talked for about 20 minutes.

"She was very sincere," Mack said. "There was no lobby of any vote. There was no discussion about voting. We simply talked about the issues - the hurt and pain she sees."

Mack said she used that opportunity to talk to Clinton about President Bill Clinton's role in the War on Drugs law that negatively impacted African Americans.

"She admitted her husband made some mistakes in that area," Mack said. "And they wanted to fix some things."

Mack believes policies need to be changed to make life better for all. The local NAACP president said Clinton connected her with a staffer that deals with policies to help change some of them.

"We're talking about police accountability," Mack said. "We're talking about the drug laws. We're talking about mass incarceration of African American people. We are talking about welfare reform. We are talking about Medicaid reform. We are talking about jobs and more jobs, and a living wage."

While the community leaders say their time with Clinton was good, they are not waiting on the federal government or the U.S. Presidential election to end to start initiating change. They believe existing resources in Charlotte can get the ball rolling on change.

"You have a lot of different leaders and organizations here right in Charlotte that do amazing things, and we all do them differently," Corbett said, "but we all are working for the common goal, so I think as a community - it's time for us to start our own social military it seems."

The local leaders said they would love to sit down with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to talk about issues facing Charlotte. WBTV reached out to the Trump camp to see if there is a trip schedule to Charlotte soon, but had not received an answer as of Monday evening.

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