Ben Carson Goes to Baltimore, Says People Shouldn’t ‘Beat Up on the Police’

Presidential candidate Ben Carson went to Baltimore today to meet with faith leaders, and discussed everything from racial strife to the current unrest over the death of Freddie Gray.

On the charges filed against the six police officers, according to The Daily Caller, Carson said, “I probably wouldn’t have charged them to that degree. But then again, I’m not a lawyer, I’m not a district attorney. Plus, none of us has seen the evidence that she has seen.”

He also acknowledged how “suspicious” Gray’s death is to the community, because his fatal injuries, the retired neurosurgeon said, were not “something you get from flailing around.”

But one thing Carson wanted to emphasize is that people shouldn’t just be stridently anti-cop:

“What we don’t want to happen (is) we beat up on the police all the time, and they get to the point where they second guess themselves and they become timid, and then it endangers them and it also endangers the people they are supposed to be protecting, so that ends up being a worse situation.”

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