Milwaukee social justice advocates don't want Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke handling policing at political events for Donald Trump.
Clarke, earlier this month, told a Fox News host that demonstrators with immigrant rights and Black Lives Matter movements deserve to be "hit first and hit hard."
Now the social justice groups Voces de la Frontera and the Coalition for Justice are circulating a petition calling for a law enforcement official other than Clarke to oversee public safety at Trump events in the Milwaukee area.
"Sheriff Clarke's violent rhetoric endangers public safety, and his comments targeting immigrant rights and Black Lives Matter supporters completely disqualify him from having anything to do with protecting the public at Trump events," said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la Frontera. "Clarke is inciting the racist violence that has shocked the country at Trump’s rallies. We urge local authorities in the areas where Trump holds events to ensure that Clarke and the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office are not in charge of protecting public safety, given his incendiary comments. We call on local authorities to establish a plan to prevent racial profiling and violence at Trump events to protect the people’s constitutional right to protest.”
The petition, addressed to the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, states, "Sheriff Clarke’s inflammatory statements encourage violence and put Milwaukee County residents at risk. Given his comments that Trump supporters should “hit first and hit hard,” we have no confidence in his ability to protect public safety.
Please ban the Sheriff from policing any Trump events and protests in the area and implement a plan to prevent profiling and violence against protesters."
An explanation with the petition reads, "We already face one of the nation’s highest incarceration rates, a new round of anti-immigrant legislation, and we are still mourning Dontre Hamilton’s murder. Donald Trump’s The last thing we need is a Sheriff instigating violence and further harming our communities.:
On the Web …
'Hit first and hard' video.
The petition online.