It starts to look unordinary, though, when the Republican politician issuing such statements is himself African American. But that’s what Ben Carson said when speaking at a November 21 forum in Columbia, South Carolina. When asked about police discrimination, he responded:
“I’m not aware of a lot of cases where a police officer comes up to someone like you and says ‘Hey, I don’t like you. I’m going to shoot you.’
"I’m still waiting for the evidence.”
Add in the fact that Allen University is less than 100 miles from the location where earlier this year a North Charleston police officer shot and killed and unarmed black man in the back, and – well, Carson’s comment wasn’t well received. BET’s Jeff Johnson, who moderated the forum, quickly responded with:
“I’ll show you the Tamir Rice tape.”
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Aside from Rice, and even from the Walter Scott incident in North Charleston , Johnson also could have mentioned Michael Brown of Missouri. Or Maryland’s Freddie Gray. Or any of 30 unarmed black men and women who were killed by police so far this year alone.
Of course, the crowd erupted in defensive applause of Johnson’s quick retort.
Carson tried to backpedal when questioned by press; “(Police discrimination) probably exists somewhere,” he told one reporter, and suggested to another that it’s media’s fault that he was unaware of it. “(T)he very fact that I’ve only heard about one of them but there’s a whole bunch, you’re saying – that’s wrong.”