Earlier this month, 21-year-old Terrance Walker was fatally shot by Oklahoma police.
Local area NAACP officials are calling the shooting indicative of the “shoot first, ask questions later” mentality too many officers have with young black men.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke disagrees. Clarke, who is African-American, joined Fox & Friends Tuesday and told host Brian Kilmeade the shooting was “justifiable.” He also had some choice words for the NAACP and it’s criticisms of police:
This once proud organization that was a force for good has relegated itself into irrelevancy. I challenge anybody to name the last significant accomplishment that the NAACP has achieved in the United States for people of color.
Clarke said the fatal shooting was the result of “father-absent homes” and that the NAACP needs to “stay off” the police.
Watch Clarke’s comments to ‘Fox & Friends’ below:
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Walker fled on foot after an officer who had been called to the scene to investigate a domestic dispute involving Walker confronted him outside a church. A gun was later found near Walker’s body.
Police maintain the weapon fell out of Walker’s pants as he ran away.
The president of the Tulsa NAACP Chapter, Pleas Thompson, believes the shooting could have been avoided, since the victim was running away.
“Police, as well as elected officials, have to be more sensitive that you know there is this mentality out there of shoot first and ask questions later,” Thompson told KUTL-TV’s Kim Jackson. “And I think emphasis should be placed on trying to take those people alive.”