David Clarke is the outspoken sheriff of Milwaukee county. Monday he wrote about the riots that occurred in the city of Milwaukee over the weekend, blaming them on the left’s policies. From the Hill:
The failed progressive urban policy causes anger and resentment in people that simmers below the surface. The officer-involved-shooting was simply a catalyst that ignited the already volatile mixture of inescapable poverty, failing K-12 public schools, dysfunctional lifestyle choices like father absent homes, gang involvement, drug/alcohol abuse and massive unemployment.
Here are the facts: Milwaukee is run by progressive Democrats. Their decades-long Democrat regime has done nothing to reduce these urban pathologies, in fact, their strategies have exacerbated the situation by expanding the welfare state…
What happened Saturday night and again Sunday night had little to do with police use of force – it was a collapse of the social order where tribal behavior leads to reacting to circumstances instead of waiting for facts to emerge. The law of the jungle replaced the rule of law in Milwaukee Saturday night over an armed career criminal suspect who confronted police. Four other people were murdered in Milwaukee in separate incidents before the cop shooting and no riots ensued.
Sheriff Clarke also emphasized the point about the shootings that did not cause any riots in a tweet:
Four murdered, 9 shot in Milwaukee Fri night/Sat morning. Silence. 1 cop kills an ARMED black guy & riots break out? pic.twitter.com/BqaUOk4WVC
— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) August 15, 2016
Sheriff Clarke appeared on Fox Business Monday morning and discussed some of the same issues: