Sheriff David Clark has been dealing with violent riots for a couple of years in his community. He garners wide respect from across the nation and stays away from filtered political statements. Instead he uses good sense and honesty when addressing what’s going on in America today when it comes to urban problems and violent thugs.
Here is a partial transcript I created for you from his awesome 10-minutes speech below: Urban pathologies that have failed and urban policies that exacerbates inescapable poverty, failing public schools, inadequate parenting, father-absent homes (we all knows when fathers are not around to shape the behavior of young boys they often times grow up to be unmanageable misfits that police have to deal with in an aggressive fashion). Pathologies like, lifestyle choices, questionable lifestyle choices; gang involvement, drug & alcohol abuse, massive unemployment. Those are the ingredients, the things that cause resentment, anger and frustration to boil beneath the surface and then all of a sudden a police situation comes along. It’s an igniter to an already festering situation so this whole last couple of years coming out of Ferguson there have been a lot of focus on Police. We get our authority from the consent of the governed.
This thing has been hijacked for a political construct, this whole war on Police. I was acutely aware what is going on. We get to what happened last night. People need to find a more socially acceptable way to deal with their frustration, anger and resentment. This is an orderly society we have processes and institutions to deal with these things. We cannot have social upheaval the chaos that we saw last night that frightens good law abiding people in those neighborhoods and destroyed businesses. We can not ever repeat what happened last night. We cannot wait too long. I have an obligation under the oath I took to preserve and protect life and property. That’s job 1. I have that responsibility I have to have resources I have to make sure the people I put in harms way have the resources necessary to complete the mission.
Stop trying to fix the Police, fix the ghetto. Those urban pathologies have to be addressed to shrink the size of the underclass. Reduce poverty, fix the schools, put people back to meaningful work, hold people accountable for effective parenting, meaningful sanction. That’s how human behavior works. Punish unwanted behavior, you’ll see less of it. Do nothing about unwanted behavior you’ll see more of it.
Sheriff Clark then goes over the list of crimes by Smith, who was fatally shot last week for threatening police with a weapon. The list was long but the biggest pattern the Sheriff pointed out is that Smith wasn’t being punished for the crimes he was committing. He mentioned that the second-chance or deferred punishments or dismissed punishments are cause of this unwanted behavior in Smith that inevitably got him killed. Sheriff Clark’s common sense approach isn’t that common as we have bleeding heart Liberal’s insisting that these crimes be passed over because it’s unfair these young men should be punished for cultural crimes. I guess the biggest question is… how do you stop these crimes if you are unwilling to change the culture. The only way you can get people actively engaged and interested in a job is to reduce welfare to support only genuine disabled people (my back problems hurt and it sucks but I figured out a way to work around and through my problems) and make jail hard so less people end up in prison (open up work camps and take away the cable TV).
I am doing my part for my the community by keeping my son out of trouble and I’m not a Sheriff who decides how posh my jail will be. What are some other ways you think regular citizens like me in the community could help change this culture of resentment and poverty?