Today\’s quote comes to us from David A. Clarke, sheriff of Milwaukee County: a man who knows a thing or two about what it takes to keep order in a major city.
Here is what he had to say about Freddie Gray\’s death and the rioting/looting which is now taking place:
“Like Baltimore, like Ferguson, like New York and many other areas, where failed liberal government policies have led to high unemployment, chronic poverty, failing schools, this is what besets the Baltimore area. Ninety percent of the homicide victims in the Baltimore area are Black, as are 90 percent of the suspects. That a bigger problem than Freddie Gray.
“And I\’m not trying to dismiss the death of Freddie Gray, but these individuals that are rioting and looting right now and throwing rocks and bottles do not know Freddie Gray, do not care about Freddie Gray, and if they were in a nightclub in Baltimore, would shoot and kill him for bumping into them on the dance floor. And I don\’t think that is an overstatement because we\’ve seen that sort of thing here in the Milwaukee area.
“Just the slightest provocation, and these individuals are so willing to settle disputes with violence. That\’s what we\’re seeing play out right here in Baltimore.”
Do you think Sheriff Clarke would handle this situation by giving rioters and looters “space to do that”? And do you think rioters and looters would be as emboldened to hit the streets if they knew that someone with Mr. Clarke\’s understanding of what is going on were in charge, instead of people who thought they could solve the problem by appeasing thugs – i.e. people who would sieze on any weakness to escalate their behaviors, not slow them down?
I award Sheriff David A. Clarke Quote Of The Day honors for saying what, I firmly believe, just about everyone knows but so many – notably including the useless Mayor of Baltimore – pretend, for politically correct reasons, not to know at all.
Thank you, Sheriff Clarke. If it weren\’t for the fact that Milwaukee benefits so greatly by your presence there, I would beg you to take the first plane to Baltimore.