On “Sunday Morning Futures” today, Milwaukee County Sheriff said everyone – including President Obama – is ignoring the “elephant in the room” when it comes to police-involved shootings of black males.
“What leads to so many interactions of young black males and police in urban centers? It’s crime,” Sheriff Clarke said. “That might be an ugly truth, but it’s still the truth.”
He said the solution is not changing police tactics and behavior, but stopping people from making bad life choices, such as getting involved with drugs and gangs.
“Those things are going to increase the risk of a deadly encounter,” Sheriff Clarke said. “No one wants to ask, ‘Where are the dads? Where are the fathers?’ Instead, we go after the low-hanging fruit. Too many people want to attack the police.”
He added that President Obama is “anti-cop” and his rhetoric on the subject has not been helpful.
“He should say nothing,” Sheriff Clarke said. “Every time he opens his mouth, he fans the flames of this anti-police sentiment that is sweeping the country in some of these urban centers.”
He explained that cities like Dallas, St. Paul and Baton Rouge are “on fire,” and the best thing Obama can do is stop talking.
“With what he’s done to set this whole country on fire with his race politics, he should just leave it alone.”
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