Ben Carson Jokes About Running from Police ‘Back in the Day Before They Would Shoot You’

Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson at a candidates forum Sept. 18, 2015, in Greenville, S.C. SEAN RAYFORD/GETTY IMAGES
Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson at a candidates forum Sept. 18, 2015, in Greenville, S.C.
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Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson took a moment Wednesday, while speaking at the University of New Hampshire, to make a joke about his childhood and the current state of police violence against black people.

“Throwing rocks at cars, I really liked that,” Carson said, describing his childhood growing up in Detroit. “Sometimes the police would come, always in unmarked cars. And they’d be chasing us across the field.”

The then-swift-of-feet Carson, he told the audience, and his friends would jump over 10-foot-high fences in one motion, never breaking stride, to get away from the cops. Once over the fence, a young Carson and crew would laugh at the cops because they couldn’t jump the fence.

“Now, that was back in the days before they would shoot you,” Carson said, laughing.

The crowd, made up of “white voters, a mix of graying baby boomers and college-age millennials,” according to NPR, laughed with him.

“I’m just kidding!” he then said. “You know, they wouldn’t do that.”

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Source: The Root |  STEPHEN A. CROCKETT JR.