Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke recently made an appearance on Newsmax where he stated that “chaos is reigning supreme” with all of the violence in our country’s major cities, going on to predict this behavior will continue due to the actions of politicians that are undermining local law enforcement.
“I’m talking to the political class,” Clarke said during his interview on “The Count.” “They’re the ones that screwed up this. The residents, the taxpayers, the business owners, they understand the importance of the police.”
Politicians, though, “got into bed with the cop haters and try to appease them instead of allowing the law enforcement to keep control,” said Clarke, adding it has lead to increased crime and violence in the nation’s cities.
“This is going to be an unbelievable summer, and I don’t mean that in a very good way,” he went on to add.
His comments come after all 50 rapid response unit officers in Portland, Oregon, this past week resigned in protest when a fellow police officer was indicted for the alleged use of unlawful force during a protest in the city.advertisement — content continues below
Clarke said the situation in Milwaukee is “much the same as in other cities, as shootings and homicides are off the charts there as well.
“There’s a cause and effect here and everybody knows it,” the former sheriff said. “This is not a sterling revelation that when they started talking about taking resources away, what it signals is how serious these political figures are about not improving the quality of life in the city.”
Clarke also stated there’s a “ripple effect” from the increased crimes due to businesses having a hard time operating at a profit. Home values are also going down, which means property tax revenues are also dropping.
“It’s going to take a long time, even though they’re putting more money in,” Clarke stated during the interview. “This stuff doesn’t change overnight.”
Meanwhile, police departments are being worn thin because of the increase in retirements and resignations, Clarke said, but he added he was glad to hear about the Portland rapid response squad pulling out of their jobs.
“I have long called for job actions, lawful job actions by law enforcement to stem the tide of this constant berating and this bashing of police,” Clarke went on to say. “It’s just not worth it anymore. So, I’d have a list of demands, but this has to be led by unions, because they’re not getting any support whatsoever, and I think it’s disgraceful, not getting any support from their law enforcement executives.”
He then added that the increase in crime rates are “more than disturbing.”
“It’s aggravating because we’re talking about law-abiding citizens that are caught in the crossfires,” Clarke said. “We’re talking children in the city of Chicago, murders of children meaning under the age of 16 up 300% so far in 2021.”