Carson: 'This is probably a good time' to 'look at appropriate reforms' to policing

Carson: 'This is probably a good time' to 'look at appropriate reforms' to policing
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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonTrump administration ends Obama fair housing rule Castro urges Dems to seize moment on social reform Overnight Health Care: Fauci says 'bizarre' efforts to discredit him only hurt the White House | Alabama to require face masks | House panel probes 'problematic' government contracts MORE said Sunday it is “probably a good time” to examine policing reforms but declined to say whether the Trump administration would support proposals introduced last week by House Democrats.

“We need to look at appropriate reforms, and this is probably a good time to shine the spotlight on it and get it done,” Carson said on “Fox News Sunday.” “I think that’s one of the things the president has made very clear. This is an issue. It will be looked at. It will be dealt with.”

Carson cited President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary MORE’s signing of the bipartisan First Step Act criminal justice reform law in 2018.

Fox News’s Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceOvernight Defense: Appeals court rules male-only draft is constitutional | Pentagon dismisses 'unserious' post-election debate Chris Wallace: Trump struggling with attacks on 'shape-shifter' Harris Pentagon dismisses 'unserious' debate over potential military involvement in any post-election dispute MORE asked Carson whether the administration would support the reforms contained in a bill introduced by House Democrats, including bans on chokeholds and so-called no-knock warrants as well as the creation of a national database of police misconduct.

“I expect the president and the administration to engage appropriate stakeholders and to look at everything,” Carson said, adding, “Obviously, we do not want to create a situation where the police are under the microscope and they don’t want to do their jobs because they’re afraid.”

“When people make decisions based on anger or emotion, seldom are they good decisions,” Carson added.

Wallace also asked Carson whether he or his wife, Candy, has had “the talk,” a conversation numerous black parents have recounted having with their children about how to avoid escalation during an encounter with the police, with his three sons.

“I have the same talk with them that my mother had with me and my brother, that we should always respect positions of authority like the police. ... I tell my sons the same thing, and I’ve never had a problem. They’ve never had a problem,” Carson said, prompting Wallace to note that as a white man, he had never either been given or felt the need to give such a talk.