Last Saturday, Jesse Jackson joined protesters in Chicago to demand the heads of the police superintendent and the state’s attorney for the way they dealt with a police shooting. Protesters also want the federal government to investigate the police department.
Over a year ago, a white police officer shot and killed 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, high on PCP and holding a knife. The government only recently released dash-cam videos of the shooting.
Sheriff David Clarke appeared on Fox News to discuss Jesse Jackson joining in protests that impeded retail in the city. He said the people who participate in the “Magnificent Mile” Thanksgiving and Christmas shopping tradition had nothing to do with the Chicago police shooting. He said the protests highlighted the “selfishness and self-centeredness” of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Once again, Jesse Jackson tries to totally dismiss the black-on-black crime. Four hundred and thirty-three homicides year-to-date, including Tyshawn Lee, the 9-year-old [murdered by gang members], and he has the gall to stand in judgment of what he calls a police culture. But he didn’t talk about the culture of the black-on-black crime, the black criminals, and all the violence that goes on in the city of Chicago, the fine city of Chicago…”
Sheriff Clarke reminded viewers that these kinds of police shootings are anomalies.
Host Charles Payne asked the sheriff whether he’d respect a court’s decision to convict the police officer. Watch the brief clip to hear his answer.