Bill Clinton and Black Lives Matter Protesters Repeatedly Clash in Philadelphia

April 7, 2016

Bill Clinton repeatedly clashed with protesters from Black Lives Matter on Thursday during his speech in Philadelphia.

With a relatively small crowd in attendance, the protesters began holding up handmade signs and were shouting while the former president and husband of the Democratic primary front-runner, Hillary Clinton, was trying to speak. Their complaints appeared to be centered around the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, which is sometimes referred to as the Clinton Crime Bill since President Clinton signed it into law in 1994.

While the protesters yelled at Clinton, Clinton supporters help up their signs in an attempt to block the protesters.

Clinton at times, appeared to debate against the protesters over a variety of issues. Clinton would play up Hillary's attempts at passing her own health care bill while she was first lady and her legal work for the Children's Defense Fund.

A protester at one point yelled that Hillary Clinton should be charged with crimes against humanity.

"I don't know how you would characterize the gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids hopped up on crack and sent em out onto the street to murder other African-American children, maybe you thought they were good citizens, she didn't. She didn't. You are defending the people who kill the lives you say matter. Tell the truth," Clinton yelled.

Individuals who were possibly security were seen confronting, but not attempting to physically remove the individuals. There appeared to be at least two main protesters.

After the event was over, one of the protesters, a young adult male, was stepping up on barrier fences in the back of the room. Others approached him in an apparent attempt to calm him. One man in a suit did attempt to keep the young man off the fence to no avail.

Clinton did not appear to be feeling intimated or physically threatened at any time.