Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr., reacted to the shootings of police officers in Dallas, calling President Obama the “Cop-Hater-in-Chief” and strongly criticized the president’s comments on polarizing incidents between police officers and minorities.
Appearing on Friday morning’s “Fox & Friends” program on the Fox News Channel, Sheriff Clarke was asked about those who carried out the attack, but quickly turned his focus to the president.
“This is beyond belief for the American law enforcement officer,” he said. “I want to know, have we heard from the Cop-Hater-in-Chief Obama yet on this? Have we heard from Mrs. Bill Clinton who threw up the hashtag Black Lives Matter yesterday? They exploited the situation, two situations. One in Louisiana, one in Minnesota.”
President Obama was in Poland for NATO meetings at the time of the shooting in Dallas, and denounced it as a “vicious, calculated and despicable attack.”
Hillary Clinton issued a statement on Twitter, saying, “I mourn for the officers shot while doing their sacred duty to protect peaceful protesters, for their families & all who serve with them.”
Sheriff Clarke was referring to incidents earlier in the week where Philando Castile of Minneapolis and Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge, La., were shot dead after altercations with police officers. The Black Lives Matter protests in Dallas were in response to those incidents.
The president commented on those incidents, saying, “These are not isolated incidents. They are symptomatic of a broader set of racial disparities that exist in our criminal justice system.”
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. In April 2016 he was named Law Enforcement Leader of the Year by the Federal Law Enforcement Officer Association Foundation.