GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Thursday flubbed a question from a reporter about Tamir Rice, the black child shot and killed by Cleveland police last year.
When asked by a reporter off-screen, “As you know, the officers that killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice were not indicted. So I’m wondering if you think that people in those communities, those of Tamir Rice and Sandra Bland, do you feel that those people feel we have their back?”
In the video posted by CNN, it appears Bush may have mistaken the case of Tamir Rice with that of Laquan McDonald, who was shot and killed by Chicago police last year. McDonald was shot 16 times. Unlike the case of Rice, McDonald’s killer, Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke, has been charged with first degree murder.
“I think that Chicago’s got a lot of work to do to rebuild trust,” Bush, who was in Lexington, South Carolina, responded. “The level of violence is abhorrent.”
The reporter then cut him off to point out that Tamir Rice lived in Cleveland, Ohio.
“I’m sorry. My bad,” Bush said.
But Bush then added that “the process worked” in the Tamir Rice case. He said if a grand jury looked at a case and didn’t indict, “maybe there’s reason for that. I don’t believe that every grand jury is racist.”
Watch Bush’s remarks, as posted to YouTube by CNN, here: