Sherriff David Clarke is a well respected voice on law enforcement on the popular media outlet Fox News and he recently spoke out on the Milwaukee rioting by African American protesters and rioters.
Sherriff David Clarke said,
“Police use of force serves as an igniter — there’s no doubt — but to an already volatile mix of urban pathologies, failed urban policy that exacerbates inescapable poverty, failing public schools, inadequate parenting.
Father-absent homes — we all know 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. Stop trying to fix the police. Fix the ghetto.”
He certainly isn’t someone who shies away from saying what’s really on his mind. Watch the full video clip here.
Clarke is known to speak from a position of calm authority. Unlike media pundits he does not engage in raucous yelling or banter but instead speaks from a more objective but slanted nonetheless view. He is someone who clearly cares deeply about the community in which he serves and does everything in his power to bring awareness to issues involving law enforcement.
His voice also is more prevalent because he himself is an African American man trying to create a more cohesive and friendly dialogue between the African American community and police officers. Which by extension serves to decrease the percentage of African American deaths. He is often disregarded as a Uncle Tom type by many liberals in public office and the media because of that unfortunately.
However, his contribution to the racial tension dialogue cannot be ignored. As well it should not. His perspective is unique and one that stems from years and decades in the field of law enforcement. It should be taken seriously.