In the wake of the latest deadly attack on police officers in the United States, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said the government needs to take a tougher line with cop killers.
On Wednesday, Americus police Officer Nicholas Smarr, age 25, and Georgia Southwestern State University public saftery officer Jody Smith, age 26, were allegedly shot by career criminal Minquell Kennedy Lembrick after responding to a domestic disturbance call. Both officers sadly succumbed to their injuries — Smarr shortly after the incident and Smith on Thursday evening.
That brings the total police deaths this year by gunfire to 62, an increase of 72% over last year, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
Lembrick was found barricaded in a home in Americus on Thursday with a self-inflicted gunshot to his head.
On Thursday morning, while Lembrick was still on the run, Sheriff Clarke appeared on “Fox & Friends” to react to the shooting of the two police officers.
“The senseless slaughter of America’s finest continues. My heart and prayers go out to the good people in the state of Georgia,” Sheriff Clarke said. “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.”
Sheriff Clarke argued that every cop killer should receive the death penalty, even in states that don’t have capital punishment.
“Then the federal government – the federal court system – should enact a death penalty for these cases, and they should go through the federal system,” he said. “And upon conviction they should be put to death.”
Clarke also credited the mainstream media with starting the #FakeNews phenomenon with the false “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative they pushed in Ferguson.
“That fateful night in August of 2014, they started with the ‘hands up don’t shoot’ lie that was propagated by every liberal mainstream media outlet across this country,” Clarke said.
He added, “The New York Times, the Washington Post, the L.A. Times, the Chicago Tribune, CNN, MSNBC all propagated that ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ lie.”
Clarke claimed that “it was from that time forward that this concept of ‘fake news’ was talked about.”
I would argue that the MSM has been peddling fake news stories for much longer than that, although it is probable that the American people started noticing it more around that time — especially since the MSM’s willful dissemination of the ObamaCare lies and Benghazi lies was still fresh in their memories.