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Sheriff David Clarke on Cop Killers: 'They Should Be Put to Death'

Milwaukee Sheriff David A. Clarke (Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 08 Dec 2016 12:48 PM

Milwaukee Sheriff David A. Clarke said those who kill police officers should receive the death penalty.

Clarke addressed a number of current issues on Thursday's "Fox & Friends," including a police shooting in Georgia that left one officer dead and one critically injured.

"It rips my heart out every time I hear – when a law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty, a bit of every law enforcement officer in America dies with them," Clarke said.

"Fox & Friends" host Brian Kilmeade brought up a push to declare the killing of police as a hate crime.

Clarke said: "Well, first of all, I think any murder is a hate crime. You'd have to hate somebody to murder them, but I think killing a law enforcement officer should be a capital crime – punishable by death. There are certain states that don't have a death penalty, then the federal court system should enact a death penalty for these cases, and they should go through the federal system and, upon conviction, they should be put to death."

The sheriff blamed Americans "going soft" on crime, saying, "We let the pacifists start to take over, that's what happened.

"We've gone soft, started talking about things like rehabilitation and second chances for individuals who have long criminal histories," Clarke added. "There are a lot of things that go on that we need to do differently, but it starts to send a clear and convincing message to the criminal element that there will be swift and severe consequences to criminal behavior."

The issue of fake news being taken as fact began with the shooting in Ferguson, Mo., in August 2014, Clarke said.

He said mainstream media propagated the "'hands up, don't shoot' lie" about the shooting of Michael Brown. The Washington Post reported Brown did not, as the story went, have his hands in the air asking police not to shoot him when he was shot.

The dispute over "sanctuary cities" that offer safe space to illegal immigrants is a "moment of truth" for the federal government, Clarke said. He said the numbers of illegals is going to continue to increase.

"This is probably our last chance to get our arms around this thing," he added.

He said the electronic verification system to determine if employees are legal citizens should be mandatory, and added criminals know they can get away with crimes because victims would be afraid to go to the police.

"We have some serious crimes going on, things like rape, things like abduction, things like domestic abuse, child abuse, that go under and unreported in these cities because the victims are not going to call the police and report it," Clarke said.

Regarding criticism Trump has hired too many generals for his cabinet positions, Clarke rejected the notion, calling it "laughable." He said the president does not need the approval of the media.

"Except for the most severe situations, the president should be allowed to have the people that he wants to serve in his Cabinet," Clarke said.

The sheriff said he would not be disappointed if President-elect Donald Trump does not choose him for a Cabinet position.

"Donald Trump owes me nothing," he said.

Clarke praised Trump, saying, "I felt and still do feel that he is the best thing for the United States of America at this particular time."


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