George W. Bush on Eric Garner case: Grand jury’s “verdict hard to understand”

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George W. Bush talks with CNN about Eric Garner (CNN)

George W. Bush talks with CNN about Eric Garner (CNN)

Former President George W. Bush weighed in on the Eric Garner case. The nation’s 43rd president seemed confused by the grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer who choked Garner to death.”You know, the verdict was hard to understand,” Bush said during an interview with CNN.

The former president revealed that he had viewed the now infamous video capturing the choke-holding incident and thought it was “very sad.” He then added, “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 also revealed that he spoke to Condoleeza Rice over dinner about the events in Ferguson.

“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.”