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Former President George W. Bush Baffled by Eric Garner’s Grand Jury

December 6, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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Former President George W. Bush said in an interview on Friday that he was baffled by a New York grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer who put Eric Garner into a chokehold.

Speaking with CNN’s Candy Crowley he said, “I thought how sad. The verdict was hard to understand,’ Bush stated he hadn’t seen all the details. ‘But it’s sad that race continues to play such….an emotional, divisive part of life,’ he continued, reflecting on the race riots he witnessed growing up in the 1970s. ‘I do think we’ve improved.’

Bush did not give an opinion on whether the Department of Justice should move forward with a civil rights investigation into the choking death or what changes law enforcement officials should enact to prevent similar deaths.

Bush did speak about a conversation he had recently with former secretary of state, Condoleeza Rice, during a dinner regarding the Ferguson grand jury refusal to indict  police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown.

‘We talked about this subject, and …she just said, “You’ve got to understand that there are a lot of black folks around that are incredibly more and more distrusting of law enforcement, Which is a shame, because law enforcement’s job is to protect everybody,” he said.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who could be a 2016 presidential candidate said Wednesday that he blames the politicians who created the laws that led to what happened.

On the Eric Garner incident, Paul told Chris Matthews on MSNBC, ‘Obviously, the individual circumstances are important, but I think it’s also important to know that some politician put a tax of $5.85 on a pack of cigarettes, so they’ve driven cigarettes underground by making them so expensive, But then some politician also had to direct the police to say, Hey, we want you arresting people for selling a loose cigarette.” ‘ he said.

Paul said ‘there really is no excuse for’ anyone to die for breaking that type of law, and added, ‘but I do blame the politicians. We put our police in a difficult situation with bad laws.’

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