Ex-Baltimore resident Ben Carson gives neurosurgeon’s take on Freddie Gray spinal injury

Presidential candidate Ben Carson, in Baltimore Thursday, shared his thoughts on the recent riots in that city saying the events leading to Freddie Gray’s death look “very suspicious to the community.”

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Speaking with community leaders and pastors at an event at the Bilingual Church of Baltimore, the former neurosurgeon put on his “doctor’s hat.”

“An injury to the spine that can create the kind of damage that that did requires direct trauma to the spine,” Carson said, according to The Daily Caller.

“This is not something you get from flailing around.”

Carson, who spent nearly 40 years as a Baltimore resident, commented on the charges filed by State Attorney Marilyn Mosby against six police officers involved in the case.

“I probably wouldn’t have charged them to that degree,” Carson said, according to The Daily Caller, “but then again, I’m not a lawyer, I’m not a district attorney. Plus, none of us has seen the evidence that she has seen.”

Offering a note of caution, Carson told the crowd that people need to respect authority.

“What we don’t want to happen (is) we beat up on the police all the time, and they get to the point where they second guess themselves and they become timid, and then it endangers them and it also endangers the people they are supposed to be protecting, so that ends up being a worse situation.”

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