Ben Carson Makes Tasteless Police Brutality Joke

Ben Carson

Ben Carson Makes Tasteless Police Brutality Joke

The latest gaffe by the GOP presidential hopeful.

Published October 1, 2015

Ah, yet another day, yet another time Ben Carson makes a controversial statement. This time masked as a "joke."

At a campaign event in New Hampshire on Wednesday, the GOP presidentical candidate recalled hopping over fences while being chased by police during his childhood.

"Throwing rocks at cars, I really liked that. Sometimes, the police would come, always in unmarked cars. And they'd be chasing us across the field, and they would think they trapped us," he said. "Now, that was back in the days before they would shoot you."

Err, what?

"I'm just kidding! You know they wouldn't do that,” he continued.

Now, Carson was speaking to a largely white audience and they laughed along with him and his “joke.” But police brutality is far from funny. As the only Black presidential candidate in the race so far, and with the many victims of recent police brutality headlining the news, you’d think – or hope – that someone who wanted to lead this country would refrain from such remarks.

But Carson has never been afraid to say something controversial. (See his remarks on slavery, health care, LGBT relationships and more.) He has also called the Black Lives Matter movement “silly” and “controversial.”

In his speech, Carson continued on and said that police officers have received an unfair amount of criticism. "I really have a tremendous amount of respect for the police because they put their lives on the line every day for us, and they are the very last people that we should be targeting," he added.

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