by Michael W. Chapman, CNS News:
In a sometimes heated discussion about the recent assassination of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rogue with CNN’s Don Lemon, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said “this whole anti-police rhetoric is based on a lie” about so-called systemic racism in the police force, and that President Barack Obama “has been lying” about it as well.
In the July 17 interview on CNN Tonight, Sheriff Clarke asked Lemon, “Let me ask you this, do we know that generally the American officers are racist? Do we know this?”
Lemon paused for a few seconds and then said, “Go on.”
“I asked a question,” said Clarke, to which Lemon said, “Do I know American, in general law enforcement is racist?”
“Yes,” said Sheriff Clarke.
CNN’s Lemon then said, “I don’t think anyone is accusing. If you’re insinuating that people are accusing or saying that law enforcement across this country as a whole are racist, then your assumption is wrong.”
Sheriff Clarke replied, “First of all, this whole anti-police rhetoric is based on a lie. There is no data, and you know this, there is no data, there is no research that proves any of that nonsense. None.”
Clarke then clarified that there is no data to support the idea that “law enforcement officers treat black males different than white males in policing these urban centers.”
Lemon claimed there is data and said, “The president spoke about it.”
Sheriff Clarke replied, “The president is been lying about it. He said it again the other day when he said black males are two times more likely to be shot by a law enforcement officer than white male. Don, that is a lie.”
CNN’s Lemon said, “That is not a lie,” and referenced research from The Washington Post.
Sheriff Clarke then noted, “The Washington Post debunked that nonsense.”
David A. Clarke Jr., a Democrat, was elected to a 4-year term as the sheriff of Milwaukee County in 2002, and was re-elected in 2006, 2010 and 2014. In those elections he won, respectively, with 74%, 78%, 74%, and 79% of the vote.
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