*OK, either this sheriff is looking for some attention; has lost his mind or has dunked too many donuts in his coffee. He actually (and probably with a straight face) claims that when it comes to African American men being gunned down by the cops – its not the cops who you should blame, but the women who raised them.
His name is David Clarke, and he serves as sheriff of Milwaukee County in Wisconsin. On Tuesday he said that the NAACP is wrong to blame police officers, when they should be looking a lot closer to home.
When a body camera video showed Terrance Walker being fatally shot by an Oklahoma officer after the suspect appeared to have dropped a gun, Tulsa NAACP chapter President Pleas Thompson told KTUL that the shooting was part of a “shoot first and ask questions later” mentality, but Clarke was adamant about his opposing position and in one television interview, even called the oldest civil rights organization “irrelevant.”
“This once proud organization that was a force for good has relegated itself into irrelevancy, and I challenge anybody to name the last significant accomplishment that the NAACP has achieved in the United States for people of color,” Clarke asserted. “This organization has become nothing more than a political propaganda entity for the left,” he told “Fox and Friends” during a television appearance.
Clarke says it’s time to start a conversation about the behavior of young black men, not police officers.
“The discussion we need to be having and the NAACP can lead it — stay off the police — is why is the stuff happening, and what are we going to do about it,” he continued. “The number one cause of this is father-absent homes. So what are we going to do in terms of having more effective parenting, more role modeling, more engaged fathers in the lives of these young black men so that we don’t have this behavior.”
When a Fox News host informed Clarke that the mother of the deceased didn’t think the police had to shoot her son, Clarke smirked as he questioned whether the father had weighed in on the issue.
“Well, what did his dad say?” Clarke laughed. “You know, we always hear what his mom says. You know, look, mom loves her son, we all get that. But shoot first and ask questions later — anytime a law enforcement officer is in a situation where a gun is introduced by a suspect, yeah, it’s shoot first, stop the threat, and then ask questions later.”
Generalizations such as the one implied in Clarke’s judgement posed as a question shows major disrespect for father’s such as those of teens like Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis. Both of whom were killed by vigilantes as opposed to police, and had active fathers in their lives. And, as Naturally Moi further points out, after 12 year old Tamir Rice was gunned down by Cleveland police, his father was among the first to speak out on his son’s death.