Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton faced each other on Monday night, and less than an hour in, moderator Lester Holt asked them about one of America's most controversial topics: police brutality.
The two finally outlined their plans to tackle the issue of policing in America as well as systemic racism — and they couldn't have differed more.
Hillary Clinton thinks everyone is responsible for tackling police brutality.
In the segment addressing race, she admitted without pause that African-Americans face racism in the United States.
"Race remains a significant challenge in our country," she said to the quiet audience. "Unfortunately, race still determines too much, often determines where people live, determines what kind of education in their public schools they can get, and yes, it determines how they are treated in the criminal justice system."
She also stood up for the law-abiding police officers and law enforcement workers who "equally want reform."
"Everyone should be respected by the law and everyone should respect the law," she said. "Right now that's not the case in a lot of our neighborhoods."
To do that, she said that the trust between the community and police must be restored. That includes halting stop-and-frisk laws, which allowed officers to randomly pat down and interrogate citizens, many of whom are people of color.
She also supports police reform and gun control — specifically taking guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them.
"We need comprehensive background checks and we need to keep guns out of the hands of those who will do harm and we finally need to pass a prohibition on anyone who is on the terrorist watch list from being able to buy a gun in our country," she said. "If you are too dangerous to fly, you are too dangerous to buy a gun."
Trump believes communities of color, and politicians, are to blame.
Trump had to have known this question was coming, because he had a go-to phrase on this topic ready to go: "We need law and order."
Though he did admit that community policing could use some work, Trump stuck to his script of focusing on the gun violence in communities of color.
"There are some bad things happening," he said, while also addressing again the horrible state of Black communities. He blamed politicians for this and endorsed stop-and-frisk as a way to solve the issue, despite the fact it has already been ruled unconstitutional.
The discussion could not have come at a more dire time.
So far in 2016, police have killed 798 people, according to The Counted.
Sadly, Scott is one of many police shootings the last few months to cause massive protest. One man in Houston this summer killed five officers in response, his manifesto leading people to believe recent cases of police brutality encouraged his actions.
He was legally armed.
The Department of Justice has released reports on police departments involved in nationally-known police killings, Ferguson and Baltimore in particular, and found disturbing details about their way of policing.
The DOJ sued Ferguson, alleging the city's "pattern and practice of law enforcement and conduct that violates first, fourth, and fourteenth amendment rights." In Baltimore, the police department routinely engaged in unconstitutional stops, searches and arrests, per Revelist's breakdown of the report — unfairly targeting African-Americans.
The government has taken steps to stop the violence since, mostly with body camera requirements and mandated databases — but clearly, it's not enough.
If there's one thing these candidates can agree on is that there is a serious problem. It's just a matter on who can, or is willing, to fix it.