In the wake of recent fatal attacks on police officers across the country, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke took to the stage at the Republican National Convention Monday night to declare that “Blue Lives Matter,” and that Donald Trump is the presidential candidate who can make America safe again and be “the steadfast leader our nation needs.”
“Throughout his campaign, and over many years before, he has consistently and constantly raised his voice not only in defense of the character of the American police officer, but the need for all people to feel they are being treated fairly and respectfully by law enforcement,” Clarke said during a prime time speech in Cleveland.
Clarke said many Americans do not feel safe right now, and noted the recent attacks against police that claimed five lives in Dallas and three in Baton Rouge. “We simply cannot be great if we do not feel safe in our homes, on our streets, and in our communities.”
The Sheriff also took aim at protest movements that have focused on police, in the wake of officer-involved deaths of black men. “What we witnessed in Ferguson, in Baltimore, and in Baton Rouge was a collapse of the social order. So many of the actions of the Occupy movement and Black Lives Matter transcends peaceful protest, and violates the code of conduct we rely on…I call it anarchy.”