An outspoken sheriff from Wisconsin drew raucous applause at the Republican National Convention when he celebrated the acquittal of one of the officers accused in relation to the death of Freddie Gray.
“There is some good news out of Baltimore, Maryland, as Lt. Brian Rice was acquitted on all charges,” Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke told the crowd in Cleveland.
Rice was acquitted Monday of manslaughter and other charges for the 2015 death of Freddie Gray, a black man who was fatally injured inside a police transport van. Rice’s death in custody sparked protests and added fuel to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Clarke called Marilyn Mosby, who prosecuted the case, an “activist state’s attorney” and accused her of malicious prosecution.
“I would like to make something very clear: Blue Lives Matter in America,” he said, referencing the recent uptick in police deaths.
“Making America safe again” is a prerequisite for “making America great again,” the conservative Democrat said, before targeting activists with some choice words.
“What we witnessed in Ferguson and Baltimore and Baton Rouge was a collapse of the social order. So many of the actions of the Occupy movement and Black Lives Matter transcends peaceful protest and violates the code of conduct we rely on — I call it anarchy.”
Source: New York Daily News | KERI BLAKINGER