Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke says his “biggest fear” is that “the American police officer would become less assertive and they would start to second guess themselves.”
Clarke was reacting to the video recently released from Chicago Police showing a female officer being beaten by a suspect, reportedly because she was afraid of the media scrutiny her family would go through if she fired her weapon.
“It’s my biggest fear coming out of Ferguson,” Clarke told Fox and Friends Friday.
“I said those sorts of things in December of 2014, that sooner or later the American police officer would become less assertive and they would start to second guess themselves.”
“And I’m all across this nation talking to cops now, including here in New York City, I’m recognizable to by most cops – and I tell them - I say, ‘trust your judgment. You have to trust your judgment, I know this is going to be ugly for you during this period of time but the law is on your side,’” Clarke continued.
“We have to have a strong, assertive, police force in these cities if we’re going to keep crime and violence in check, and as you can see - crime now is rising,” Clarke later added.