Sheriff David Clarke denies existence of police brutality, racism

In a FOX News appearance Monday, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said he does not believe police brutality exists in America.

Clarke made the statements on the "Fox and Friends" program during a segment discussing groups protesting against the police.

"Well first of all, there is no police brutality in America. We ended that back in the '60s. So I don't know where they're coming from. You look at the data and the research, and there's a new Harvard study out that shows that there is no racism in the hearts of police officers. They go about their daily duty, if you will, to keep communities safe. The President of the United States knows better, he's playing the race game, he's playing race politics. Shame on him, he's been very divisive for this country. He has been a nightmare and I cannot wait until January 2017 so that America's nightmare can be over."

Clarke is also a critic of the Black Lives Matter movement, referring to it as "Black Lies Matter" on another FOX News program.

"Show me the data, show me the research that demonstrates and supports that lie that law enforcement officers use an inordinate amount of force against black people. Black people use an inordinate amount of force against themselves and each other in the American ghetto. It is not true about the American police officer, and I'm not going to let anyone come on TV and advocate that," Clarke said. 

The discussion on the popular morning program "Fox and Friends" came on the same day a video went viral that showed a student resource officer (SRO) tossing a girl to the ground at a high school in South Carolina. That officer has been placed on unpaid leave while the case is investigated, and the U.S. Department of Justice has opened a civil rights investigation.

The Justice Department also launched a “pattern and practice” investigation into alleged civil rights abuses by the Milwaukee Police Department.

Clarke’s comments are not sitting well with a Michael Bell. Bell’s 21-year-old son was shot to death by Kenosha Police in 2004, and he was awarded $1 million in damages.

Bell has pushed for the Wisconsin law requiring outside agencies to investigate shootings by police, and he calls Clarke’s statement “delusional.”

"My son was handcuffed with his hands behind his back, an officer put a gun directly behind his head in front of his mother and sister, and took his life and then bragged about it to his fellow officers. Is that not police brutality?" Bell said.

The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office told TODAY'S TMJ4 that Sheriff Clarke would only comment for this story "if you aired the entire interview for viewers, and not just a sound bite or paraphrasing what he said."

Clarke has been Sheriff of Milwaukee County since March of 2002, winning re-election in 2006, 2010, and 2014 on the Democratic ticket.

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