Former president George W. Bush weighed in on the death of Eric Garner at the hands of a police officer, saying it’s sad that race is still so divisive.
Bush told CNN in an interview airing Sunday that when he saw the video of a New York City police officer putting Garner in a headlock, “I thought how sad. The verdict was hard to understand. … It’s sad that race continues to play such an emotional, divisive part of life.”
The former president explained to CNN’s Candy Crowley a conversation that he had with his former secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, over dinner, after a grand jury decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson after he shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
“She 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,’” Bush said. “Which is a shame, because law enforcement’s job is to protect everybody.”
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