NEW YORK – A few hours before renowned neurosurgeon and potential GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson arrived at the Al Sharpton-led National Action Network's annual convention in New York City on Wednesday morning, people were reacting to the mere mention of his name, like a foul odor in a locked and crowded room.
By the time Carson, 63, was finished speaking to the same crowd later that evening, however, many were clamoring to shake his hand.
The country will have to wait until early May to find out whether or not Carson will run for presidential office in 2016, but until then, Carson has been quietly making the rounds, whittling away at public misconceptions about who he is, to define the man he wants America to see — the patriot, the Christian, the family man who believes in hard work, common sense and diversity. more >>
NEW YORK — Potential 2016 GOP presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson called the shooting death of 50-year-old father of four Walter Scott by South Carolina police officer Michael Slager, which was caught on video, "an execution" and a clear-cut case of police abuse.
"This situation with Walter Scott in South Carolina, you know I viewed that video with the same horror as I'm sure everyone here did. I was aghast that an execution could have occurred without a trial in the streets of America," Carson said to cheers in an address to members of Al Sharpton's National Action Network at the organization's annual convention in New York City Wednesday.
"This is such a clear-cut case that I believe it's going to give law enforcement in this country an opportunity to really tell us where they are in this controversy. They will have the opportunity to demonstrate which side they come down on. And I think that's actually a good thing because we need these clear-cut cases," Carson explained. more >>
NEW YORK — Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio weighed in on a video showing 50-year-old father of four Walter Scott being fatally shot in the back multiple times by South Carolina police officer Michael Slager on Wednesday and called it "disturbing and so painful."
De Blasio, who was speaking at the National Action Network convention headed by civil rights activist Al Sharpton, said while the video was difficult to watch, members of the civil rights organization should not allow it to push them into despair, but reflect on the changes that have resulted from their activism.
"We're all feeling some pain today, I can imagine. I certainly am. We watched a video yesterday. Once again we are watching a video. Watched a video that is so disturbing and so painful. You can't watch that as a human being and not feel pain. It makes no sense, according to what our core notions of humanity and decency and justice are. And it is tempting, when you see something that painful, it is tempting to feel despair," said de Blasio. more >>
NEW YORK — As members of Al Sharpton's National Action Network get ready to hear an address from renowned neurosurgeon and potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson Wednesday afternoon, the civil rights leader urged them at the opening of the organization's convention Wednesday morning to show the doctor respect when he addresses them.
In the run-up to the discussion of Carson's appearance, Sharpton explained that he disagreed with the conservative star on many issues and quipped that he didn't believe that they even agreed that "today is Wednesday."
Many in the audience reacted with disdain at the mention of Carson's name sighing and snickering as a hum of their disapproval filled the room until Sharpton intervened. more >>
A rally was held in North Charleston, South Carolina, Wednesday morning, one day after a white police officer was charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black man.
A group of human rights activists, mostly made up of local residents and religious leaders, gathered outside of North Charleston City Hall today to protest police brutality in the wake of the death of Walter L. Scott, who was fatally shot by North Charleston Patrolman First Class Michael T. Slager, 33, on Saturday.
Some protesters wore shirts with the words "I Can't Breathe" emblazoned on the front while clutching signs that read "Black Lives Matter" as a nod to high profile cases that have sparked ongoing racial unrest around the country. more >>
A white South Carolina police officer has been arrested and charged with murder for the shooting of a black man who was running away during a traffic shop in an incident that was caught on video.
CBS affiliate WCSC reported that North Charleston Patrolman First Class Michael Slager, 33, was denied bail on Tuesday night after being arrested for shooting 50-year-old Walter Scott.
"As a result of that video and bad decisions made by our officer, he will be charged with murder," said North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey. more >>