In an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business’ “Mornings with Maria” Friday morning, former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clark Jr. declared he would show no mercy to looters who come in to loot and steal the personal property of others during a natural disaster such as the recent hurricanes.
Victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana suffered from looters, in addition to the damage the hurricane and the flooding caused. One Houston home was even looted while the body of the drowned homeowner was still inside.
The Caribbean island of St. Martin, among others, was devastated by Hurricane Irma this week, and looters have already moved in, causing French and Dutch officials to send in additional law enforcement to restore order.
Bartiromo asked Clarke how big a problem looting is during natural disasters and how to stop it.
Clark responded, “It’s one of those situations that somebody has to do something about.” He said that when property must be evacuated, someone has to protect that property, and government resources are stretched thin.
“When a state of emergency is declared, government officials and citizens need to be given special exemptions during times like that. You are going to need the citizens that stayed behind to help you protect some of that property. I have no problem with using deadly force against looters. Look we can sit up here and say, ‘It’s just a little property, it’s just a little looting, so what?’ Well, I don’t feel that way in these situations and, once order is restored and the state of emergency is lifted, then we go back to our normal situation, which will be that you can’t use deadly force against property. But I think [in a] state of emergency, all bets are off,” he said.
“I have no sympathy whatsoever for looters. I can’t think of anything more disgusting than to take advantage of people when they are in a vulnerable situation,” Clarke asserted.
Regarding illegal aliens who may also be impacted by the hurricanes, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced this week they have postponed plans to carry out raids during the hurricanes, saying saving lives should have first priority now. Clarke disagreed with that decision.
“I’m tired of the crocodile tears about illegal immigrants and illegal aliens in the country and how we need to feel sorry for them and pity them. No, we need to feel bad for Americans who can’t find work. We need to feel bad for Americans whose wages are depressed because of the issue of hiring illegal aliens for [a] lower wage,” he said.
Clarke recently resigned from his position as a Milwaukee County sheriff and has joined the America First Action Super PAC as a senior advisor and spokesperson, in order to help promote President Trump’s agenda.
He has been a long-time supporter of Donald Trump and was a speaker at the Republican National Convention last year. President Trump had offered Clarke the role of deputy secretary at the Department of Homeland Security in May, but he eventually declined the appointment.
Watch the interview below:
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