Hillary Clinton spoke out on Ferguson Thursday, 19 days after the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager sparked unrest in the Missouri community.

At a keynote speech at the invitation-only OpenSDx Summit in San Francisco, the likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate opened her remarks by saying the shooting raised questions about U.S. policing.

"We cannot ignore the inequities that exist in our justice system," the former Secretary of State said. "We can do better. We can work to rebuild the bonds of trust from the ground up."

Clinton had been criticized for not addressing the case sooner. It's a pattern she's followed on several high-profile issues since leaving the State Department, a job where she also refrained from domestic policy questions.

She also put the shooting in more personal terms than President Obama, who had a more dry and restrained response when he addressed the shooting in mid-August.

"My heart just broke for his family because losing a child is every parent's greatest fear," she said in a portion of the remarks shown on CNN.