David A. Clarke Jr., the Sheriff of Milwaukee County, has taken to Twitter to express his opinions on the protests against police brutality in the wake of several deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of cops.
On Nov. 29, a New York Times reporter tweeted this picture of Ferguson protesters in St. Louis county.
Clarke responded, calling them "faux protesters" and saying the media should focus on other issues:
Clarke, who is black, has been an outspoken critic of the "Black Lives Matter" and "I Can't Breathe" protests across the country, demanding justice for Mike Brown, Eric Garner, and others.
Clarke also equated protests with "mob rule" in Milwaukee, where hundreds rallied against the death of Dontre Hamilton, an unarmed and mentally ill black man who was shot to death by a white police officer.
After 74 people were arrested during protests in Milwaukee on Dec. 19, Clarke said this is what "mob rule and mob behavior looks like."
He called the protesters "anarchist groups" who were exploiting Hamilton's death for "their self-serving and selfish needs to create enough chaos to destabilize government functions." Hamilton's family members were part of the protests.
Clarke justified the arrest of the protesters saying, " I think it's important for me, to let people know where the line is, and if they choose to cross it, then we will take appropriate and reasonable measures.
Clarke did not return a message for comment.
Clarke also called Eric Garner's death an "accident." Garner died after he was put in a chokehold by an NYPD officer.
Clarke did not approve of the "I Can't Breathe" T-shirts.
He wanted NBA players to wear "Police Lives Matter" T-shirts instead of "Black Lives Matter."
He believed that police do not need to be retrained.
According to Clarke, the number of deaths of black men by police paled in comparison to black on black homicides.
He called President Obama and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasion "cop haters."
He felt Obama played into race stereotypes when he said Trayvon Martin could have been his son.
He is not a fan of Al Sharpton.
Not seeing a weapon on a suspect is "irrelevant" to police action, according to Clarke.
And he did not believe that the U.S. justice system is broken.
Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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