On Friday’s edition of CNN’s “New Day,’ Milwaukee Co., WI Sheriff David Clarke criticized President Barack Obama, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Attorney General Eric Holder for their handling of the aftermath of two New York City Police officers last week and for what he called creating a “pathway” for hatred toward police in general.
“Well police officers on a daily basis live in a state of hypervigilance, bout their exterior surroundings,” Clarke said. “But what’s going on in New York right now, and many other cities across America, here in Milwaukee as well, is this unjustified, if you will, hatred toward the police. And that pathway was created recently by some very powerful people in the United States who have made some very inflammatory comments about our American police officers, that being mayor de blasio, that being President Obama and that being Eric Holder. So I’m not going to engage in hyperbole and say they caused what’s going on. But like I said, they created that pathway for purely political purposes and I think that’s what the shame is here.”
Clarke had advice for de Blasio, which dealt with in particular his association with Al Sharpton.
“Both of these individuals have had several chances to come out of the gate and say something responsible and say something to calm things down,” he added. “What I’d like to hear from Mayor de Blasio right now because I think there’s a way forward for him – but the first thing he’s going to have to do is disavow any further association with race hustler Al Sharpton. Al Sharpton is a vulgar human being. He’s divisive and he spews hate. I think that would be a huge first step and it would be a good-faith gesture toward the New York Police Department, where the mayor could exemplify that he’s going to change his tune, he’s going to start supporting that police department. And if it weren’t for the NYPD officers, that city would collapse into utter chaos. He knows that. But once again, politics trumped reasonableness from the mayor and now the chickens are coming home to roost.”
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