Sheriff Clarke Says, “Stop Trying to Fix the Police, Fix the Ghetto”

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke isn’t going to let politicians claim that his police force is to blame for violence in the inner-city. According to Clarke, the inner-city has destroyed itself.

“Police use of force serves as an igniter — there’s no doubt — but to an already volatile mix of urban pathologies, failed urban policy that exacerbates inescapable poverty, failing public schools, inadequate parenting. Father-absent homes — we all know when fathers are not around to shape the behavior of young boys, they often times grow up to be unmanageable misfits that police have to deal with in an aggressive fashion.”
[…] “We cannot have the social upheaval – the chaos that we saw [Saturday] night that frightens good, law-abiding people in those neighborhoods, that destroy businesses where people work – some probably as a means to support their family.
[…] “I think it’s important to point out as well, because we tend to gloss over this stuff, we keep focusing on the police, we keep focusing on the police, and I’ve said publicly before, ‘Stop trying to fix the police. Fix the ghetto,’ and I talked about those urban pathologies that have to be addressed to shrink the size of the underclass.
“We have a growth of the underclass here in Milwaukee. And we saw some of their behaviors on display…
[..] “I’m not going to blast the prosecutor’s office at this point, however, somebody ought to go back and look and see why. There has to be a reason. That’s part of accountability.”

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