Milwaukee County’s Democratic sheriff, David Clarke, called out Attorney General Eric Holder for his recent negative comments towards law enforcement. Clarke took his opportunity to speak before the Senate Judiciary Committee to express his disappointment in the top leader.
According to the Daily Surge, as he is much known for, Clarke commanded the attention of everyone present as he testified at attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch’s confirmation hearing. Just as Holder is set to retire, Clarke expressed that there is a “frayed relationship” between police officers and the Department of Justice. It is his hope that Lynch will mend the broken trust.
Clarke has a long history of criticizing the Obama administration. He ripped into Holder for his politically opportunistic conduct in the wake of Ferguson.
“The incendiary rhetoric used by Eric Holder created the pathway for a false narrative that then became the rallying cry for cop-haters across America,” Clarke said at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. “It sparked unjustified hatred towards America’s law enforcement agencies and its officers.”
He added that while under Holder’s command, the Department of Justice showed near “hostility toward law enforcement” and “treated police officers as adversaries instead of allies.”
Clarke expressed that if Lynch was to be the next attorney general, her main objectives should include a commitment to rebuild trust with local police agencies and to do away with undermining the integrity of law enforcement as her predecessor Holder has done.