As rioting in Baltimore continues to die down this week, the latest in a string of recent anti-police protests has once again opened up public debate regarding perceived institutional racism within law enforcement departments across the U.S. According to one black sheriff in Wisconsin, however, the belief that cops inordinately target black suspects has been fostered through irresponsible journalism.
“The data doesn’t support this false narrative that’s been going on ever since the days of Ferguson,” Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said this week on Fox News’ Hannity.
He cited the now-debunked rallying cry – “Hands up, don’t shoot!” – that stemmed from the police shooting that killed a Ferguson, Mo., man last year. Protests in that city soon spread across the nation and, in recent weeks, rioters took to the streets in Baltimore for the most recent example of civil unrest.
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“You look at the research,” Clarke continued, “and I’ve looked at a lot of it since then, because I wanted to make sure that there was no pattern here. There is no pattern. There is no credible evidence to support that law enforcement officers of any race use an inordinate amount of force against black males.”
Some of the blame for the spread of such misinformation, he said, lies with America’s political leaders.
He lamented Barack Obama’s statements specifically, saying that the president is guilty of “propagating this false narrative about how law enforcement treats black males and people in the black community.”
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The most culpable culprit, however, is a leftist-dominated press.
“One of the reasons that this thing thrives,” he said, “is because of the liberal mainstream media, alright? They like race politics. They support a lot of the leftist agenda when it comes to this stuff – identity politics.”
He said too many reporters have “abandoned their responsibility under the First Amendment to be neutral and to get to the facts,” instead becoming a “mouthpiece” and “the propaganda wing of leftist policy and leftist ideology.”
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