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Mr. Rush countered that he has been “working relentlessly” on Chicago crime since he was elected and pointed out that the Congressional Black Caucus will be co-hosting a summit on urban violence Thursday and Friday at Chicago State University.

“I am astounded and ashamed by this violence, but this is also systemic of an overall problem,” Mr. Rush said.

Dr. Carson said it was important to examine the laws, verdict and outcome of the case to “make sure that everything has been done correctly,” but he discouraged civil rights leaders from adding fuel to a tense moment.

“We need to tone down this rhetoric,” said Dr. Carson. “Those of us in leadership positions need to be looking for things that we can take out of this that can be helpful, not trying to inflame the situation.”