When asked by a Fox News Channel anchorwoman if there was a war on police in the U.S. following the killing of Texas deputy Darren Goforth August 28, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin's Sheriff David Clarke had some strong words on the matter:
"I said last December war had been declared on the American police officer led by some high profile people, one coming out of the White House, and one coming out of the United State Department of Justice. And it’s open season (on law enforcement) right now. No doubt about it.”
"I need every law-abiding person in the United States to stand up against this slime, this filth, this disparaging the American law enforcement officer within these communities. When these ugly people come out and start this and start talking on social media, to push back against it and demand...demand people who belong to these organizations (targeting officers) to get out of their town. There's no room for it."
"Look, the American police officer is holding these communities together, and we need the support of the people we defend every day in order to get that done."
"This was an assault on the American way of life, the American justice system. And if the American police officer backs off, we're all in trouble. Look, we live in a state of hyper-vigilance, and now we're going to have to turn that up even more. But the American police officer is strong. We will continue to fight back. We will continue to sacrifice ourselves for the good, law-abiding people in every community in the United States."
What do you think? Do you agree with Sheriff Clarke?