Sheriff Clarke celebrates cop acquittals in Freddie Gray’s death
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke received loud applause at the Republican National Convention when he spoke out against the Black Lives Matter movement and celebrated the acquittal of one of the officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray.
“There is some good news out of Baltimore, Maryland, as Lt. Brian Rice was acquitted on all charges,” Clarke said, speaking to the crowd in Cleveland.
He went on to call Marilyn Moseby an “activist state’s attorney” and accused her of malicious prosecution in her work on the Freddie Gray case.
Clarke also spoke about the recent uptick in shootings committed against police officers, saying, “I would like to make something very clear: Blue Lives Matter in America.”
He continued on with some harsh words against the Black Lives Matter movement: “What we witnessed in Ferguson and Baltimore and Baton Rouge was a collapse of the social order. So many of the actions of the Occupy movement and Black Lives Matter transcends peaceful protest and violates the code of conduct we rely on — I call it anarchy.”
He concluded by saying that Donald Trump was the candidate of law and order.
“Donald Trump is the steadfast leader our nation needs. He has spoken passionately to me of his belief in our American system of justice and he speaks to the values that are at the foundation of our social contract,” he said. “Throughout his campaign and over the many years before he has consistently and constantly raise his voice not only in defense of the character of the American police officer but the need for all people to feel that they are being treated fairly and respectfully by law enforcement.”