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George Bush Can't Fathom Eric Garner Verdict: 'Hard To Understand'

Even former President George W. Bush was stunned at the Eric Garner grand jury decision to not indict the police.

In an interesting development, many conservatives are flabbergasted at the insane decision to not indict police officer(s) for the death of Eric Garner, when he died from an illegal choke hold after police went after him for selling loose cigarettes on the street. Even George W. Bush doesn't understand how the grand jury came up with their decision.

Former President George W. Bush says a New York grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who choked and killed Eric Garner was "hard to understand."

In an interview with CNN's Candy Crowley, Bush said his reaction to watching video of the incident that led to Garner's death was "how sad."

"You know, the verdict was hard to understand," he said. "But I hadn't seen all the details -- but it's sad that race continues to play such an emotional, divisive part of life."

Bush discussed the recent racial unrest that followed a Missouri grand jury's failure to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who is white, in the shooting death of Michael Brown, who was black, over dinner with his former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

"We talked about this subject, and yeah -- she just said, you gotta understand that there are a lot of black folks 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."

Even Condi Rice acknowledges the problem. There are still those like Rupert Murdoch's NY Post, who vociferously defend killing an unarmed man simply because he didn't obey the police like a Stepford wife.


And still others like Rep. Peter King (believes he's presidential material), who are blaming Garner's death because of his weight and not because he was choked out.

Later, he told Wolf Blitzer on CNN's "The Situation Room" that he feels "strongly" the police officer should not have been indicted, arguing that there is no way he could have known that Garner's health conditions would affect his ability to survive the chokehold.


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"The police had no reason to know he was in serious condition," King said. "You had a 350-pound person who was resisting arrest. The police were trying to bring him down as quickly as possible. If he had not had asthma and a heart condition and was so obese, almost definitely he would not have died."

At least a manslaughter charge should have been green lighted since, you know, an unarmed man needlessly died at the hands of the police.

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