Frequent guest, Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee, an African American, weighs in on the recent execution-style murder of a deputy in Harris County, Texas. Transcript below:
Judge Jeanine: And with me now Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke. Sheriff Clarke, what do you say a man what’s your reaction to this? Is it open season on law enforcement in
Sheriff Clarke: Judge, I am too pissed off tonight to be diplomatic about what’s going and I’m
not gonna stick my head in the sand about it. I said last December the war has been declared on the American police officer led by some high profile people, one of them coming out of the White House, one coming out of the United States Department of Justice. And it’s open season right now there’s no doubt about it. Look any time of law enforcement officer is killed, a little of every police officer in America dies along with them.
Judge Jeanine: And sheriff you know as law enforcement across the country watches this and I asked the sheriff, Sheriff Hickman in Harris County, you know in New York and in Baltimore in Ferguson you know, that you know no peace no justice no justice no peace, and all these crazy marches and all. You know some of these organizations out there. Apparently in Harris County this isn’t something that was normal. I mean it can this happen anywhere in the country now?
Sheriff Clarke: Anywhere in the United States, and I’m tired of hearing people call these blacks activists. They are not activists. This is blacks slime and it needs to be eradicated from the American Society.
Judge Jeanine: But how do you do it, sheriff?
Sheriff Clarke: Well here’s how you do it: I need every law-abiding person in the United States of America to stand up and start pushing back against this slime, this is filth that is disparaging the American law enforcement officer within these communities, and these ugly people come out and start this, and start talking and stuff on social media. And to push back against it, and demand, demand that people that belong these organizations to get out of town – there’s no room for it. Look, the American police officer is holding these communities together and we need the support of the people that we defend every day in order to get that done. God bless the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and kudos to that district attorney for acknowledging the war on police. And I’m tired of qualifying all these statements by talking about bad apples with in the policing profession.
Judge Jeanine: Alright sheriff. I want you to take a listen to what a Ron Hickman the Harris County Sheriff’s said:
Sheriff Clarke: We’ve heard black lives matter, All lives matter, and cops’ ives matter too. So why don’t we just drop the qualifier and just say lives matter and take that to the bank.
Judge Jeanine: Interesting reaction.
Sheriff Clarke: We need to hear more of that, from everybody, I know there’s been some push back on that and that’s good. This whole movement, black lies, I’ve renamed it because it’s based on a lie at the hands of Don’t Shoot. That’s why I said this slime needs to be eradicated from American society and American culture.
Judge Jeanine: And with someone like this defendant, and he’s charged with murder and it is death eligible capital murder, the killing of a police officer. You know we saw in New York City with Ramos and Wengian Liu, two cops sitting in a police car, I think it was Christmas Eve, just get executed. You know someone in New York City comes after a cop with a with a machete in his hands. And this is happening all over the country. I mean what impact does this have on law enforcement? I mean do they back off or do they just keep doing their job, or are they like: You know what I don’t need this. We’ve got six cops indicted in Baltimore. Why would someone be a cop these days?
Sheriff Clarke: Well we better hope that doesn’t happen for the sake of the rule of law, the sake of our way of life here in the United States.This is an assault on the American Way of life, the American justice system and if the American police officer backs off we’re all in trouble. Look we live in a state of hyper vigilance and now we’re gonna have to turn it up even more but the American police officer is strong. We will continue to fight back, we will continue to sacrifice ourselves for the good law-abiding people in every community the United States.
Judge Jeanine: And finally sheriff, and the National rhetoric that’s going on. You say that people need to push back and we need to see things when we see things on Facebook and social media. The truth is that people can say and do whatever they want.This is America but without leadership you know there isn’t going to be any different you know, reaction. More people seem to be emboldened by this kind of thing.
Sherriff Clarke: Right and that’s why I said that the president United States started this war on police. Look and I know what you mean judge, but it’s not absolute, you can’t say anything you want in the United States of America. You cannot threaten people’s lives, you can’t call for the killing of people like weird seeing some of these things. That is not First Amendment protection that it protected. That is filth, that is slime, and there are some law enforcement implications that could be done with the Department of Justice in the state’s attorney’s offices across the United States. I love the First Amendment, I love freedom of speech; you are not free to threaten my life or anybody else’s.
Judge Jeanine: Alright Sheriff David Clarke. Thanks so much for being with us tonight.