By Sheryl Estrada
“There is no police brutality in America we ended that in the ’60s,” Clarke said during an interview Monday on Fox & Friends.
A regular on the show, he was brought on to discuss the anti-police brutality protests that took place in New York City on Saturday.
Co-host Brian Kilmeade asked Clarke what his reaction was to some of what the protesters were saying.
“Well, it’s just crazy talk,” he responded. “It’s ignorance in its purest form. You know, I think we need to rethink the strategy. I don’t know why the police even bother policing those demonstrations.”
Kilmeade then brought up President Obama’s defense of the Black Lives Mattermovement. On Thursday, Mr. Obama said,”We, as a society, particularly given our history, have to take this seriously.”
Clarke suggested the protesters should “fend for themselves” and officers should stop protecting them during demonstrations so people in the community and business owners “could clash with them for disrupting their lives.” He continued, “Then the police can show up andarrest these sub-human creepsfor creating a disturbance.That we can do.”
Clarke then proceeded to explain why there’s no police brutality in America:
You look at the data and the research, and there’s a new Harvard study out that shows that there is no racism in the hearts of police officers. They go about their daily duty, if you will, to keep communities safe. The president of the United States knows better. He’s playing the race game. He’s playing race politics. Shame on him. He’s been very divisive for this country. He has been a nightmare, and I cannot wait until January 2017 so that America’s nightmare can be over.
He then continued on arant about data: “Show me the data, show me the research that demonstrates, that supports, that lie that law enforcement officers use an inordinate amount of force against Black people!” Clarke said. “Black people use an inordinate amount of force against themselves and each other in the American ghetto.”
In June, The Guardian published an investigation that found Black Americans are more than twice as likely to be unarmed when killed during encounters with police as white people.Between January and June, 102 of the 464 individuals killed by police were unarmed. Of those 102 unarmed individuals,15 percent were white, 31.9 percent Black and 25.4 percent were Hispanic/Latino.
Recorded incidents that can be viewed as exposing police attitudes toward profiling and excessive use of force include the chokehold ofEric Garnerover an alleged matter of selling loose cigarettes; the shooting of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy playing alone with a toy gun;Walter Scottbeing shot in the back while fleeing a police officer after a minor traffic stop; the hostile arrest of a teen in Stockton, Calif., for jaywalking; and theBlack teens in Washington, D.C. who were violently tackled and handcuffed for attempting to use an ATM machine.
Even a former tennis star, James Blake, was tackled and slammed to the ground by plain-clothed New York Police Department Officer James Frascatore in September.