Carson slams rioters: 'It makes no sense' to declare war on police
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Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonCOVID-19 makes Trump's work with black Americans that much harder Sunday shows preview: Congress spars over next round of coronavirus relief; GOP seeks offensive after news of Flynn 'unmasking' On The Money: Small business loan program out of money | Lawmakers at impasse over new funds | Senate adjourns for week with no deal | Trump to leave decision on reopening economies with governors MORE, a former neurosurgeon and possible 2016 GOP presidential candidate, is questioning the rationale of Baltimore rioters after violence and looting swept the city.


“We need to get to the bottom of any problems of discrimination. But the larger issue here is, how do you react when something is wrong?” he asked during an interview with GQ magazine.

“If you have an unpleasant experience with a plumber, do you go out and declare a war on all plumbers? Or teachers or doctors? Of course not. And it makes no sense to do that with police either.”

He told GQ that the violent riots on the streets of Baltimore after the funeral for Freddie Gray, a black man who died in police custody earlier this month, are counterproductive to any social change and that the property damage destroys the lives of neighbors.

“Reacting out of anger seldom leads to anything helpful,” he said.

“And these kinds of reactions will only increase the antagonism between police and communities throughout the country and result in militarization and more aggression. These are not helpful things.”

He added that people must not “characterize all policemen” based on the allegations surrounding the Gray case.

It’s unclear how Gray suffered the severe spinal injury that ultimately caused his death, but critics have accused the Baltimore police of being responsible.

“Perhaps something bad was done. I don't think there's any way it's going to be swept under the rug,” Carson said. “And people just have to realize that it takes time.”

Violence intensified after Gray’s funeral Monday, with hundreds of people taking to the streets. Police say 15 officers were hurt by thrown rocks and bottles. A handful of fires were also in West Baltimore, including one that destroyed a CVS pharmacy.

Carson has shared his journey from poverty to a position as a renowned neurosurgeon at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Hospital, speaking in a number of poor and minority communities. The GQ story points out that he's mentioned in the critically acclaimed television series "The Wire," which details a crime-ridden Baltimore, as a role model for young black men in the city.