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Ben Carson on Crime


On Trayvon: It's not a perfect system, but is best we have

Q: Let's start with the president's remarks in which he talks about being profiled as a young black man:

OBAMA: If a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario, that--from top to bottom--both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different.

REP. DONNA EDWARDS: When I talk to my son who's 24 and to his peers, what they say is that the president gave them their voice for their experiences.

Q: Dr. Carson, some conservatives are criticizing the president for making this about race again. Do you agree?

CARSON: I understand why there's a lot of outrage. 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 any consequences. On the surface, that would appear to be a gross miscarriage of justice. It's not a perfect system. But it's the best system that we have. We have to decide whether we are willing to live with that or not.

Source: Fox News Sunday 2013 interview of Ben Carson , Jul 21, 2013

On "Stand Your Ground": Turn down the rhetoric

Q: In Florida, blacks have made 1/3 of the claims under "Stand Your Ground" in homicide cases they were involved in--double their representation of the population of Florida. What do you think?

CARSON: Well, I think we have a tendency to overemphasize superficial aspects of people. And that's what Martin Luther King was talking about when he said let's talk about the content of one's character rather than the superficial characteristics. We need to tone down this rhetoric. 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, we shouldn't look carefully at this verdict and its outcome. Make sure that everything has been done correctly. But let's tone down the rhetoric and recognize that we, the people, are not each other's enemies.

Source: Fox News Sunday 2013 interview of Ben Carson , Jul 21, 2013

Imagine the mayhem if all police protection were removed

I have great admiration for the police, who risk their lives on a daily basis to protect our lives, freedom, and property. Remove all police protection in our society for just a day, and imagine the mayhem that would ensue. Sure, corruption exists in some police departments, because police officers are human beings like the rest of us; give power to human beings and corruption naturally follows. But police provide far greater good than bad in our society.
Source: America the Beautiful, by Ben Carson, p.167 , Jan 24, 2012

Motorcyclists not wearing helmets consume medical resources

On numerous occasions, a motorcyclist with no helmet on would whiz past us, seemingly without a care in the world. I had to fight feelings of anger as I thought about how often I was awakened at 2 AM to respond to a severe head trauma case from a motorcyclist who was not wearing a helmet. That motorcyclist had every right to neglect his own safety, and at that time, that right was protected by law.

Subsequently, helmet laws were enacted, much to the displeasure of many motorcyclists, but to the great relief of many health-care practitioners. The ramifications of such irresponsible behavior [by those] motorcyclists extend far beyond the inconvenience suffered by people like me who had to take care of them. Sometimes the head injuries were very severe. Few people stop to philosophize about whether the victims have a right to consume enormous amounts of medical resources. We do not discuss the behavior that created the problem, and we generally do not discuss the price of treatment.

Source: America the Beautiful, by Ben Carson, p.141-142 , Jan 24, 2012

Excessive litigation would end with "loser pays" arrangement

We have an overabundance of lawyers and so we can expect to have excessive litigation. The English system does not have the same kind of problem with excessive litigation because they have a "loser pay" arrangement. In that system, if you bring a lawsuit against someone and you lose, you have to pay all court costs and fees associated with the lawsuit--on both sides. In our system, most medical malpractice lawsuits are engaged on a contingency basis, which means the plaintiff has no out-of-pocket expenses, even if the case is lost. It's basically like playing the lottery; you have very little to lose, and you might become a millionaire if you instigate a medical malpractice lawsuit. Whether we add a "loser pay" arrangement to our legal system or devise another solution, the plaintiffs should have some skin in the game. To be able to bring lawsuits against people with no risk to yourself is antithetical to a harmonious and fair society.
Source: America the Beautiful, by Ben Carson, p.171-172 , Jan 24, 2012

Stop politically-correct prejudice against blacks vs. whites

A myopic view by our Justice Department resulted in the dismissal of three of the defendants in a voter intimidation case against the new Black Panther party in Philadelphia. The case was widely publicized because the incident was captured on film and distributed on YouTube, showing them verbally abusing voters and brandishing weapons. Would the Justice Department recognize such activity as voter intimidation if the perpetrators wore white sheets and burned crosses?

I am not accusing anyone of anything other than failing to look at the big picture when dealing with important legal matters. Some will say that I am advocating a conservative approach to the case, but I would strongly disagree and would say that this is neither a conservative nor liberal view, but rather a practical and logical one. If we can just tone down the rhetoric and discuss things like rational human beings, applying justice equally and not based on some political philosophy.

Source: America the Beautiful, by Ben Carson, p.175 , Jan 24, 2012

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