Milwaukee County (WI) Sheriff David Clarke is known for his blunt comments on the anti-police movement Black Lives Matter, which he calls “Black Lies Matter.” Clarke, who is African American, is a frequent guest on Fox News and spoke at the recent Republican National Convention.
Sunday, the sheriff requested that the governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, activate the National Guard in response to the Milwaukee riots.
Monday, he published a statement in the Hill, that blasted liberal politicians and the media for fueling the violence that broke out in Milwaukee over the weekend after a fatal officer-involved shooting.
The sheriff wrote in part:
The Milwaukee riots should be the last time the policies of liberal Democrats are held up as anything other than misery-inducing, divisive, exploitative and racist manipulation of the urban populations. Unfortunately they won’t.
As Sheriff of Milwaukee County, I am furious that the progressive left has put my citizens in harm’s way and that I had to send my officers into cauldrons of anarchy and hatred that were created by the left.
As an elected public servant I am livid that Milwaukee’s pathetic, kowtowing city officials and aldermen take this opportunity to abandon their citizens and preen before the Black Lives Matter-enabling media.
What happened Saturday night and again Sunday night had little to do with police use of force – it was a collapse of the social order where tribal behavior leads to reacting to circumstances instead of waiting for facts to emerge. The law of the jungle replaced the rule of law in Milwaukee Saturday night over an armed career criminal suspect who confronted police. Four other people were murdered in Milwaukee in separate incidents before the cop shooting and no riots ensued.
The actions were the manifestation of a population with no hope, no stake in the American dream that could provide advancement and purpose and pride of self. They are the ones lied to, exploited by and ultimately manipulated by the Democrats who claim to care. They are victims of the left, but they are not without blame. It’s time for them to remember their own humanity, their own dignity, and to fight for that return to the American Dream that the left would withhold from them.
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