Rayshard Brooks shooting ‘not clear-cut’ like George Floyd’s

Ben Carson (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images), Rayshard Brooks (Screenshot from viral video of tussle)

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.

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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.

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.

Because his remarks were ostensibly in defense of the police, Carson’s statement received praise from officer sympathizers but got disavowed by Black Twitter.

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.”

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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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