Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has become a hero of the right for publicly taking on black activists.
(J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, August 25, 2016, 11:59 AM
The city’s largest police union has chosen as its person of the year an unabashed Donald Trump supporter known for taunting the “Black Lives Matter” movement.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has become a hero of the right for publicly taking on black activists — tweeting provocative attacks such as “Black LIES matter.”
In a letter to members obtained by the Daily News, Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch praised Clarke as a “passionate defender of our profession.”
“During this challenging and dangerous period for police officers across the country, Sheriff Clarke has stepped into the national spotlight as a passionate defender of our profession, appearing frequently on TV programs and at high-profile events such as the Republican National Convention to push back against the rising tide of anti-police sentiment,” Lynch wrote.
“When Sheriff Clarke speaks, he does so with real knowledge of what it means to be a police officer on the street.”
Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch sang Clarke’s praises.
Clarke’s response to the violent protests in Milwaukee earlier this month cemented his standing as one of the nation’s most divisive law enforcement figures.
After protesters took to the streets following the police shooting of an armed black man, Clarke blamed the unrest on “tribal violence.”
“What happened Saturday night and again Sunday night had little to do with police use of force — it was a collapse of the social order where tribal behavior leads to reacting to circumstances instead of waiting for facts to emerge,” Clarke wrote in a column published in The Hill newspaper.
“The law of the jungle replaced the rule of law in Milwaukee Saturday night over an armed career criminal suspect who confronted police.”
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks with David Clarke after a recent spate of violence against police.
The selection of Clarke represented a sharp turn from last year when Gov. Cuomo was honored as the PBA’s “Man of the Year.”
The NYPD declined comment. Reached Thursday, Lynch sang Clarke’s praises.
“Sheriff Clarke is a passionate and vocal defender of police officers, at a time when our job is more difficult and dangerous than ever before,” Lynch said.
“That is exactly what the PBA does for New York City police officers, so it has been encouraging to hear Sheriff Clarke make the same case on a national stage. We should be hearing that type of support from elected leaders in both parties and at all levels of government.”