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Dr. Ben Carson: Ferguson Is Manifestation of Racial Divide

By    |   Sunday, 30 November 2014 01:13 PM

Dr. Ben Carson doesn't agree with those who say the protests in Ferguson, Missouri are causing more racial division in the country.

Instead, Carson said Sunday on "Meet the Press," "Ferguson is a manifestation of the racial division as we see it right now."

"Obviously, there are a lot of people around this nation who feel things are unfair for them, who feel disenfranchised, and it makes them ripe for a tinderbox situation like this to occur," Carson said.

The retired Johns Hopkins University Hospital neurosurgeon and possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate said he has been pulled over for "driving while black" and understands the frustrations of those who feel targeted by police.

He cited a Missouri attorney general report last year that said blacks in the Ferguson area are seven times more likely to be stopped and twice as more likely to be arrested.

Protests, including a night of rioting, were sparked anew last week when a grand jury didn't indict now-resigned white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown Jr., an unarmed black 18-year-old who Wilson said attacked him on August 9.

Carson joined those calling for police body cameras to record such incidents.

"Eighty-five percent of these things would be stopped by that," Carson said.

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Dr. Ben Carson doesn't agree with those who say the protests in Ferguson, Missouri are causing more racial division in the country. Instead, Carson said Sunday on Meet the Press, Ferguson is a manifestation of the racial division as we see it right now. Obviously, there...
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