Sheriff Clarke: 'Hateful Ideology Called Black Lives Matter Has Fueled This Rage Against' Police

Michael W. Chapman
By Michael W. Chapman | July 18, 2016 | 3:37 PM EDT

Sheriff David A. Clarke and CNN host

Don Lemon. (screenshot) 

( – During a somewhat heated discussion with CNN’s Don Lemon about the fatal shooting of 3 police officers in Baton Rogue and 5 in Dallas, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said the “anti-police” sentiment and “hateful ideology of Black Lives Matter” and its supporters is fueling the “rage against the American police officer.”

Sheriff Clarke also noted that there were no protests about the killing of the police officers in Dallas and Baton Rogue by Black Lives Matter, and stressed that CNN and other media outlets rarely report on the everyday black-on-black crime in America that takes far more lives than any policemen accused of brutality.   


At the beginning of the July 17 interview on CNN Tonight, host Don Lemon said, “[we] spoke to the heads of the sheriff department and police department and the state police down there [in Baton Rogue]. They told us how their hearts were reeling. Their message is peace and coming together in the country. What's your message?”

Sheriff Clarke said, “You don't believe that for one minute, do you?”

“Yeah, I believe them,” said Lemon.  Then Sheriff Clarke asked, “any protests over the deaths of cops in Baton Rogue,” or “any riots or protests over the police officers in Dallas, Texas.”

Lemon said he did not know and then remarked, “What are you asking?”

Sheriff Clarke replied, “It’s a pretty simple question.”

Lemon then said, “I asked you what your message to the people, their message is one of peace. What is your message?”

Sheriff Clarke answered,  “My message has been clear from day one two years ago. This anti-cop sentiment from this hateful ideology called Black Lives Matter has fueled a rage against the American police officer. I predicted this two years ago.”

The three police officers murdered in

Baton Rogue, La.: Montrell Jackson,

Matthew Gerald, and Brad Garafola.

“I've been watching this for two years,” said Sheriff Clarke.  “I've predicted this. This anti-police rhetoric sweeping the country has turned out some hateful things inside of people that are now playing themselves out on the American police officer.”

“I want to know, with all of the black-on-black violence in the United States of America, by the way, when the tragedies happened in Louisiana and Minnesota, you know that 21 black people were murdered across the United States?” said Clarke.  “Was there any reporting on that?”

“Was there any reporting on that?” repeated Sheriff Clarke.

CNN’s Lemon said, “Sheriff, please. Let’s just keep the vibe down here. So, I understand, and, listen….”

Sheriff Clarke responded, “I'm looking at three dead cops this week and I am looking at five last week. You're trying to tell me to keep it down?”

“Can we just please?” said Lemon.  “We can keep it civil. The message to people at home, I'm sure you want is one of civility.”

Sheriff Clarke then said, “Don, I wish you had that message of civility ... for this hateful ideology. These purveyors of hate.”

After a little more back and forth, CNN’s Lemon turned away from Sheriff Clarke and said, “We'll be right back. We're going to go to break and we'll be right back. Are you going to let me talk?”

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. 

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Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman