A Milwaukee County sheriff took aim at Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and Missouri Democrats on Friday, accusing them of demonizing law enforcement officers and fanning the racial flames in Ferguson.
Sheriff David Clarke, who gained national attention last year for encouraging gun ownership, accused Mr. Holder, Gov. Jay Nixon and Sen. Claire McCaskill of making "irresponsible" and "inflammatory" comments about Ferguson's police force and its purported race issues, National Review Online reported.
Mr. Clarke said the three insinuated that law enforcement officers "engage in some nefarious or systematic and cultural attempts to violate people's civil rights."
"I thought that was a slap in the face to every law-enforcement officer in America who puts on the badge and the uniform everyday to go out and risk their lives in service to their community," the sheriff said.
Mr. Clarke specifically called on Mr. Holder apologize.
"I think the attorney general needs to further explain his anecdotal references to being racially profiled as if officers across America do this thing," he said.
Mr. Holder on Wednesday visited Ferguson as part of the Justice Department's ongoing investigation into the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. He told a group of black college students that he had been a victim of racial profiling during a traffic stop in New Jersey. He said President Obama is keenly interested in how majority white police departments treat black youths, The Hill reported.
"I think that he owes every law enforcement officer in America an apology," Mr. Clarke continued. "He doesn't owe me an apology, but the men and women that I know of that go out and serve their community do not have that kind of maliciousness in their hearts and I thought that that was a poor display in terms of leadership and adding hot sauce to this volatile situation."
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