“I’m on the side of the law-abiding public. I’m on the side of victims of crime.”
From REUTERS | by Brendan O’Brien:
David Clarke, the African-American sheriff of Milwaukee County, is a man on a mission – to rebut allegations that U.S. police have been too quick to use deadly force against blacks in a spate of killings from New York to Ferguson, Missouri.
[pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Clarke is known for admonishing residents of Milwaukee’s inner city to take responsibility for their lives and take up arms to defend themselves against criminals. “The heavy lifting has to be done by the individual and not government,” Clarke said.[/pullquote]
The 38-year law enforcement veteran has become one of the most polarizing black critics of the “Black Lives Matter” movement that grew out of protests against the police killings of unarmed black men, which he describes as anomalies in an otherwise effective criminal justice system.
“My mission right now is defending cops. It’s a full-time mission,” the 59-year-old, cowboy hat-wearing, sheriff said during a recent interview. “I’ve got to defend this profession, because no one else is or very few are.”
Clarke, joined the Milwaukee Police Department as a patrol officer in 1978 and was appointed county sheriff in 2002. In response to criticism from Black Lives Matter, Clarke said, “It’s not going to work with me. I’m on the side of the law-abiding public. I’m on the side of victims of crime.”
He has won four elections as sheriff with more than 70 percent of the vote in Milwaukee County, where 65 percent of the population is white. In the city, which is 39 percent black and 63 percent minority, he won 80 percent of the vote in 2014.
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