Sheriff David Clarke: Obama Has Led Anti-Police Sentiment

Another ambush shooting claimed the lives of three Baton Rouge, Louisiana law enforcement officers and injured three others on Sunday morning. The president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association, Stephen Loomis, told Fox News the violence against police officers has escalated since President Obama validated the “false narrative” of anti-cop sentiments expressed throughout the country.

“Those police-involved shootings are what absolutely has triggered a rash of senseless murders of law enforcement officers across the country. It is reprehensible. The president has blood on his hands and it will not be able to come washed off,” Loomis said.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke agrees, telling the FOX Business Network he believes Obama’s rhetoric is directly related to the attacks on law enforcement officers.

“President Obama has been the maestro. He has led course and fanned the flames of anti-police sentiment that is sweeping this country,” Clarke said on Varney & Co.

In a statement after the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Obama said, "And when incidents like this occur, there’s a big chunk of our fellow citizenry that feels as if because of the color of their skin, they are not being treated the same.  And that hurts.  And that should trouble all of us."

Clarke thinks President Obama should have disavowed the anti-law enforcement sentiments expressed by the Black Lives Matter movement and suggests a good start to ease tensions is for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to publically dissociate herself with such groups at the annual NAACP conference across the state in Cincinnati on Monday.

“They must denounce and I am talking about specifically, none of this code language, none of this ambiguous language. They must denounce the anti-cop sentiments spewed by this hateful ideology Black Lives Matter,” Clarke said.

Clarke would like the Attorney General of the United States and the Department of Justice to perceive local law enforcement officers as an ally in the pursuit of justice.