Sheriff Clarke: 455 Murders in Chicago This Year Greater Than Coalition Deaths in Afghanistan Since 2013

By Michael W. Chapman | August 29, 2016 | 3:18pm EDT

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A.

Clarke Jr. (FBN screenshot) 

Commenting on the deplorable conditions in some of America's cities, Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr.  said "progressive policies" were to blame and added that there have been 455 murders in Chicago so far this year, which is greater than the 270 coalition soldiers killed in Afghanistan since 2013. 

"You have almost twice as many people killed in the city of Chicago" than soldiers killed in Afghanistan, said Sheriff Clarke. "I don't see Obama going to Chicago to help out. Obama was in Martha's Vineyard, for Heaven's sake." 

On the Aug. 23 edition of Varney & Co., Sheriff Clarke discussed the situation of black Americans with host Stuart Varney.

“The American ghetto has replaced the cotton fields, where Democrats have gathered blacks in these horrible, miserable conditions, all for political power," said the sheriff. 

“If you go back in history, and we’ve been – black people have been separated from their history," he said. "They traditionally voted Republican. It was Abraham Lincoln the Republican who freed the slaves. It was the Republicans in Congress who did the heavy lifting to get the Civil Rights Act passed, as well as the Voting Rights Act. The Democrats were against it."

"Lyndon Johnson had to appeal to Republicans even though the Democrats controlled both houses of Congress," said Sheriff Clarke.  "He didn’t have enough from the Democrats who stood in the way of the passage of those two important bills."

"So, once we reconnect black people with their history, which is what I’ve tried to do, their eyes will open and they’ll see that they’ve been hoodwinked by this monolithic voting for Democrats," he said. "Nothing has gotten better under Democrat control of the black vote."

As for the cities, Sheriff Clarke said, “These progressive policies have wrecked some great American cities – Baltimore, Milwaukee. Look at Chicago right now: 455 murders to date. That’s more than the deaths of coalition forces in Afghanistan since the start of Obama’s second term in 2013, where 270 coalition forces have been killed."

"You have almost twice as many people killed in the city of Chicago," he said.  "I don’t see Obama going to Chicago to help out. Obama was in Martha’s Vineyard, for Heaven’s sake. That’s where he vacations. He spends his time on luxurious resort golf courses. He vacations in Hawaii. That’s far removed from the American ghetto.”

According to the latest crime statistics for Chicago, through August 28 as reported by the Chicago Tribune, there have been 464 homicides in the Windy City since January 1, 2016. (When Sheriff Clarke spoke on Varney & Co. on August 23, the homicide number was 455.) According to, which uses casualty data from the U.S. Department of Defense, CENTCOM, the Multi-National Force, and the British Ministry of Defence,  271 coalition military soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom) since President Obama started his second term in January 2013. 

David A. Clarke Jr. 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.

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