Ben Carson doesn’t seem to think that Rayshard Brooks‘ death is the same as George Floyd‘s.
The Housing and Urban Development Secretary believes that a careful review of both cases will prove that the circumstances between both police-involved killings are different and that Brooks’ death is not as cut and dry as Floyd’s.
In an interview with Fox New‘s Chris Wallace, Carson said that there should not be objections to Floyd’s murder. He explains that while Floyd was killed unarmed and powerless to his situation, Brooks had a taser, which the former brain surgeon believes to be a deadly weapon.
Here’s Ben Carson defending Atlanta officer who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks on basis of “we don’t know what was in mind of the officer … this is not a clear-cut circumstance.” pic.twitter.com/wdyMKRb8AE
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 14, 2020
Carson further explained that the officers, Garrett Rolfe and Devin Brosnan, might not have had enough time to process whether the potential shock from Brooks’ taser would have been non-lethal.
“We don’t know what was in the mind of the officer when someone turns around and points a weapon at him. Is he absolutely sure that’s a non-lethal weapon? This is not a clear-cut circumstance,” Carson told Wallace.
As he should…
— Operation Mindcrime (@DexTom2020) June 14, 2020
@SecretaryCarson THANK YOU for speaking common sense! Your RIGHT, we need to stop being offended at everything that is said or every statue that is up, people need to grow up; everything has gotten over the top ridiculous! God help our President and country 🙏🇺🇸 #GodBlessAmerica
— GiveMeTheUglyTruthNotAPrettyLie❤️😘 (@IAmDeplorable70) June 14, 2020
He still received rebuke. One prominent voice, Roland Martin, told Carson to “shut the hell up! You’re a neurosurgeon.”
“I would say to Secretary Ben Carson, ‘shut the hell up, okay?’ You are a neurosurgeon and this is very basic, okay? You saw a scuffle there — you, as police officers, you should not be firing at someone who is running away. Michael Slager is in federal prison right now because of what he did to Walter Scott, and numerous examples as well.”
But, Carson won’t stop talking. In fact, in a different interview on Sunday with ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, he continued to stand by his boss’ actions, by basically telling the voters to stop being so sensitive when it comes to President Donald Trump.
“We need to move away from being offended by everything, of going through history and looking at everything, of renaming everything,” Carson says to after Stephanopoulos brought up how many believe that is disrespectful for the president to make a speech on the anniversary of “Ax Handle Saturday.”
“We need to move away from being offended by everything, of going through history and looking at everything, of renaming everything,” Carson says when asked if it’s appropriate for Trump to deliver convention speech on anniversary of “Ax Handle Saturday.” https://t.co/av1o0DGeWq pic.twitter.com/WvTW8AvtXz
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) June 14, 2020
Carson also said, “We’ve reached a point in our society where we dissect everything and try to ascribe some nefarious notion to it.”
It is set on Aug. 27, the 60th anniversary of “Ax Handle Saturday,” in Jacksonville, the day the Ku Klux Klan attacked Black civil rights protesters.
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