On Fox, Ben Carson Defended The Police Officer Who Killed Rayshard Brooks

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Sarah Shaiman

The officers shot Brooks in the back twice while resisting arrest and the death was ruled a homicide.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson appeared on Fox News Sunday to defend the lethal use of force by Atlanta police officers which led to the death of Rayshard Brooks.

  • The 27-year-old Brooks was sleeping in his car in a Wendy’s parking lot when officers arrived on scene. Brooks attempted to resist arrest and ran away with one of the officer’s tasers.
  • He was shot in the back twice and his death was ruled a homicide.
  • Host Chris Wallace asked Carson if it was “appropriate to use deadly force against someone whose original offense was that he fell asleep in the drive-thru lane at Wendy’s?”
  • Carson suggested he was not an authority on police violence. However, he said that the situation in Atlanta was “not clear cut” like the situation in Minnesota.

“I think this is a situation that is not clear cut, you know, like the callous murder that occurred in Minnesota,” Carson said. “And it really requires the heads of people who know what should be done under the circumstances to make judgement.”

  • Wallace asked why, to which Carson responded, “Because we don't know what was in the mind of the officer when somebody turns around and points a weapon at him -- was he absolutely sure that is a non-lethal weapon?”

He conceded that in retrospect there were likely “better ways to do things.” Republican Senator Tim Scott (SC) expressed the same sentiments, claiming the situation in Atlanta was not clear like the dead-to-rights murder caught on tape in Minneapolis.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the resignation of the city’s police chief last Friday. Bottoms said, “I firmly believe that there is a clear distinction between what you can do and what you should do. I do not believe that this was a justified use of deadly force and have called for the immediate termination of the officer.”

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He looks and acts as if he is on drugs all the time..What an idiot!

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