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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is in hot water after he reportedly told a Black student to "respect' police officers so that he would not get "shot in the back of the head."

The Black student asked Sanders how he should handle getting pulled over by a police officer. Sanders told the student that they should "respect what they are doing so that you don't get shot in the back of the head." 

Sanders made the statement during a question-and-answer session at the forum at Benedict College. Benedict is an HBCU.

"I would respect what they are doing so that you don't get shot in the back of the head, but I would also be very mindful of the fact that as a nation, we have got to hold police officers accountable for the actions that they commit," he said. "I would be very cautious if you were my son in terms of dealing with that police officer, but I would also defend my rights and know my rights and make sure if possible that police officer's camera is on what goes on."

Sadly for Sanders, political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, had a better response to the question:

"If you were my daughter, you'd be a Caucasian girl, and you wouldn't be pulled over," Biden said. "That's what's wrong." 

Senator Elizabeth Warren, former Obama Housing Secretary Julián Castro and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, all spoke at the event on Sunday. Senator Kamala Harris canceled her planned appearance at the Second Step Presidential Justice Forum in objection to the group awarding President Trump its Bipartisan Justice Award per NBC News.