The Antifa attack on a "Law & Order" rally in Portland, Oregon, this weekend was a breakdown by local law enforcement, because officers should have been directed "to keep the peace," former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke told Newsmax TV.
"They failed miserably, and in defense of the front-line officers out there, they're under orders," Clarke told Monday's "America Talks Live."
". . . Police exist for two things: One is to enforce the rule of law, and the other is to keep the peace. I don't think they did either here, and this is not the first time this has happened in the city of Portland."
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Right-wing group Patriot Prayer organized the Law and Order rally to speak out for police to respond to political violence in the city, adding a call for Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler to resign.
Wheeler was under fire after he supported police's design to not respond to Antifa's blocking traffic and harassing an elderly driver, as shown in a viral video last week, The Washington Times reported.
"When Antifa shows up, they are looking for a confrontation," Clarke told hosts John Cardillo and Dr. Gina Loudon.
". . . Look, this is political violence being carried out by Antifa. I have been saying this on this program for a long time now that this was coming to a theatre near you."
Antifa and their group of counter-protesters showed up at the Saturday rally, leading to a melee police mostly stayed out of.
"You shouldn't even put front-line officers out there if you're an executive, a chief or a sheriff," Clark added. "You shouldn't put your officers in harms way if you're not going to give them the authority to use all of their resources and all reasonable force to keep themselves safe, to keep the citizens safe, and to keep property from being damaged, and so that didn't happen here."
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