Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, has a suggestion for those protesting against police under the slogan “black lives matter.”
If they are truly concerned about black lives, they might want to consider moving their protests to the front of abortion clinics, where black babies are being killed daily with medical precision by men and women in clean white coats.
The sheriff, who is black, appeared in a CNN interview with Poppy Harlow Dec. 26 and said he did not think the protesters’ complaints against police had any merit. However, he said he would be willing to discuss the issue of police brutality if someone were to provide hard data “stripped of the emotion” showing that there is a problem.
“Then let’s sit down and have an objective discussion,” he said.
In 2012 and 2013, he said, 80 percent of the murder victims in Milwaukee were black and 70 percent of those charged with their killings were black.
Yet, Harlow cited a recent CNN poll that shows 42 percent of non-whites in the U.S. believe police are prejudiced against blacks.
Clarke said there are a lot of lies and myths spread about police by those with political agendas.
Since 1999, police use of deadly force against black males is down 75 percent, Clarke said.
In 2011 and 2012, 386 white people were killed by police officers, while 140 black people were killed by police during that same period.
“So I’m just saying let’s put the data out there, and let’s have an objective discussion, minus the emotion and the minus the rhetoric.”
Clarke said it is police who are “in the trenches every day trying to stop blacks from killing each other.”
Harlow asked Clarke about a controversial tweet he sent to New York Times reporter Mitch Smith suggesting that the protesters really aren’t all that concerned about black lives.
“If only these faux protestors were asked by media about all the black-on-black killing or black babies aborted in US every year,” Clarke tweeted to Smith.
“Did you say that in a tweet?” Barlow asked?
“Yes I did,” Clarke said. “When I hear these things that ‘black lives matter,’ the only people who really believe that statement are American police officers who go into American ghettos every day to keep people from killing each other. All right, so, yes I did say that and I meant it. Look, the abortions? If black lives, if they really mattered, that’s where the outrage would be. That’s where we’d see protests.”
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