Milwaukee Sheriff : ‘Number One Cause’ of Police Shootings is Black Single-Mother Homes
Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke appeared on Fox & Friends Tuesday to discuss the video of an officer-involved shooting of a fleeing suspect in Oklahoma and placed the blame on police shootings squarely on “father-absent homes.”
The video is a body camera recording released last week showing a Muskogee officer fatally shoot a fleeing suspect, Terrance Walker, who dropped and then picked up a gun as he ran.
In an interview with KTUL, Tulsa NAACP Chapter President Pleas Thompson said, “I think emphasis should be placed on trying to take those people alive.”
On Fox & Friends, Clarke argued that the NAACP should focus on black men and not the police.
“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 said. “This organization has become nothing more than a political propaganda entity for the left.”
He went on to say, “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. 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.”
Host Brian Kilmeade jumped in to mention that Walker’s mom said the police didn’t have to shoot her sun because he was running away.
“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.”
“And also, when you run from the police, I’ll tell you right now, you’re headed toward a very dark place where things are not going to go well for you,” Clarke added. “That doesn’t mean that you’re automatically going to be shot and you should die. But the fact is, that is one of the most dangerous situations an officer can be involved in.”