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Carson on Trayvon Martin Case: ‘We Need to Tone Down the Rhetoric’

Dr. Ben Carson called for a cooling-down of the reactions surrounding the George Zimmerman verdict today.

“We need to tone down the rhetoric,” he said on Fox News Sunday this morning. “Those of us in leadership positions need to be looking for things that we can take out of the situation that will be helpful, not things that inflame the situation.”

“That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t look carefully at all of our laws, [that] we shouldn’t look carefully at this verdict and at this outcome [and] make sure everything has been done correctly, the I’s have been dotted, the T’s crossed,” he continued. “But let’s tone down the rhetoric and recognize that we, the people, are not each other’s enemies.”

Carson also stressed he understood why there was distress over the verdict, saying that it could appear the decision was “a gross miscarriage of justice.”

“I understand why there’s a lot of outrage,” he remarked. “You have a situation where you have a young black male, walking home, not doing anything incorrect and he ends up killed and nobody suffers consequences. On the surface, that would appear to be a gross miscarriage of justice.”

But he also warned watchers of the case from believing they knew the full story.

“We have a legal system in which we appoint jurors and which they have access to all of the facts,” Carson commented. “We don’t have access to all of the facts and in which they then make a judgment. It’s not a perfect system, but it’s the best system that we have, and we have to decide whether we’re willing to live with that or not.”

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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