Texas Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke slammed law enforcement on Wednesday while attending a town hall at Prairie View A&M University in Texas, calling them "the new Jim Crow."
O'Rourke stated, "Talking about criminal justice reform, let's talk about where this problem started. When contractors needed labor, they would talk to local law enforcement who would arrest African-Americans for idling, for petty crimes, frivolous offenses. Those contractors would describe the number of bodies that they needed and law enforcement would provide those bodies. And when they look at the remains in that graveyard, they see evidence of muscles literally torn from the bone, people being worked to death in these convict chain gangs, people who became convicts solely by dint of the color of their skin, in a system that was radically unjust, following what we thought was the end of that injustice at the end of the Civil War."