Friday morning, CNN's Poppy Harlow interviewed the outspoken Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, on the topic of police violence and the racial divide in America.
In the eight-minute interview, Clarke ripped into Al Sharpton, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and called for President Barack Obama to cut short his 17-day Hawaiian vacation in order to attend the memorial services for the two slain officers of the NYPD.
When Harlow specifically asked the sheriff, "What would you like to see from Mayor de Blasio, the president, from Attorney General Holder?"
Clarke did not hesitate, saying, "What I'd like to hear from Mayor de Blasio right now, because I think there's a way forward for him, but the first thing he's going to have to do is disavow any further association with race-hustler Al Sharpton." Adding, "Al Sharpton is a vulgar human being...he's divisive and he spews hate."
The CNN host shifted gears and brought the line of questions back towards a controversial police killing in Milwaukee. She referenced the police shooting of "a mentally ill man" and asked Sheriff Clarke if he still believed the protesters who took to the streets of Milwaukee were "anarchist groups exploiting tragic situations to create chaos."
Again, Clarke responded without delay, saying the Milwaukee protests had no merit, adding, "unequivocally...none whatsoever."
Sheriff Clarke also responded to Harlow's questions about distrust of the police in the black community and a new CNN poll that claims 42 percent of non-whites believe that "most or some police officers in your area are prejudiced against blacks."
The Milwaukee Country sheriff said that he would ask the 42 percent to back up their response with facts and then went on to quote his own statistics.
According to Sheriff David Clarke, "Since 1999, police use of deadly force against black males is down 75 percent." He also said, "In 2011 and 2012, 386 white people were killed by police officers, 140 black people were killed by police officers in that same time period."
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