Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke today indicated that President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have helped create the climate that has led to the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri.
Obama’s response to the shooting was an insult – a tweet. Holder got himself worked up, calling the shooter “a punk.”
None of this impressed Clarke, who said “this war on our nation’s finest continues . . . to be fueled by some very important people.” Of Holder’s “junk report” on racism in the Ferguson police department, Clarke said:
It continues to fuel this cop hatred, this anti-police sentiment that’s going on in America.
That used to be underground. We haven’t seen these type of assaults on the institution of policing since the turbulent ’60s – the riots of the 60s that hit a lot of urban centers in America.
And now it’s come to the surface because they’re feeling (motivated) by some of the cop-hating rhetoric that we’re hearing ever since the days of Ferguson, Missouri.
Think about Ferguson. Officer Wilson, by all accounts now, did his job, even though it led to the death of an unarmed man. Actually, the man in question had two big arms, one of which he used to try to take the officer’s gun. And then for some reason it becomes a civil rights issue.
Somehow, out of nowhere, we now have a racial crisis in this country, a country that had just elected a black president.
I understand there is some lingering racism in the nation, and that some police action is racially motivated. But the serious problems are in the black community. These problems are not being caused by white people anymore. Nor are they being caused by the police. The police, for the most part, are trying to protect law-abiding black people from other African Americans who are committing crimes.
This race and police crisis is a distraction from the real work that must be done of changing the culture in the black community and reducing crime. It is driven by self-promoters like Al Sharpton and fueled by the White House and the Justice Department’s acquiescence in Sharpton’s theories of a racist society.
It’s a shame, and it is hurting our entire country, particularly African Americans.