Sheriff David Clarke: Milwaukee Had the 'Ingredients' for a Riot

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, during an interview on the FOX Business Network’s Varney & Co., reacted to the riots that broke out in Milwaukee after the police shooting of a black man.

“The social order in Milwaukee totally collapsed on Saturday night,” he said. “When tribal behavior takes order, the law of the jungle takes the rule of law.”

Sheriff Clarke said the police officer was wearing a body camera and even though he didn’t see the video, the Milwaukee Mayor confirmed the footage showed the suspect was armed.

“I noticed that people are leaving that out when they said police shot a man,” he said. “They shot an armed individual this time so it doesn’t give the cop-haters the high ground on this sort of thing.”

Sheriff Clarke, who is also a Milwaukee native, blamed the riots on “failed liberal urban policies.”

“Milwaukee has inescapable poverty. It’s like the sixth poorest city in America. They have failing public schools… You have massive black unemployment… dysfunctional families… you have questionable lifestyle choices. Those are the ingredients for a riot,” he said.

He added: “Between Friday night and Saturday, four people were murdered in nine separate shootings and these same creeps --we didn’t hear a peep from them. But all of a sudden a law-enforcement officer fearing for his life reasonably is confronted by an armed individual and then these people who want to exploit this thing, these cop haters, want to riot. This was just an opportunity for people to steal, loot and rebel rouse,” he said.