Sheriff Clarke lost his patience with CNN’s Don Lemon while discussing the murder of the three police officers in Baton Rouge, calling ‘Black Lives Matter’ a “hateful ideology” and demanding to know why the media has failed to focus on the epidemic of black-on-black violence.
Lemon opened the segment saying that he had spoken with police and sheriff departments in the Baton Rouge area and theirs was a message of peace and coming together for the country.
“You don’t believe that for one moment do you?” Clarke fired back at Lemon. “Any protests over the deaths of these cops today in Baton Rouge? Any riots or protests over the police officers in Dallas, Texas?”
“What are you asking?” responded Lemon, to which Clarke shot back, “It’s a pretty simple question.”
Watch the exchange…
Clarke then went for the jugular of ‘Black Lives Matter.’
“My message has been clear from two years ago – this anti-cop sentiment from this hateful ideology called ‘Black Lives Matter’ has fueled this rage against the American police officer – I predicted this two years ago.”
Lemon suggested that the murders in Baton Rouge had nothing to do with ‘Black Lives Matter’, but Clarke wasn’t having any of it.
“This anti-police rhetoric sweeping the country has turned out some hateful things inside of people that are now playing themselves out on the American police officer,” he asserted, before slamming BLM for ignoring black on black violence.
“When the tragedies happened in Louisiana and Minnesota, do you know that 21 black people were murdered across the United States – was there any reporting on it?”
Lemon then tried to shut down that line of conversation, but Clarke became more irate.
“I’m looking at three dead cops this week and I’m looking at five last week – you’re trying to tell me to keep it down?” he asked Lemon, who responded by demanding more “civility”.
Officers Montrell Jackson, Brad Garafola, and Matthew Gerald, all killed in Baton Rouge on Sunday, July 17, 2016. CBS AFFILIATE WAFB
“Don, I wish you had that message of civility toward this hateful ideology, these purveyors of hate,” said Clarke.
Lemon then kept speaking over Clarke before throwing to a commercial break.
It has since emerged that Gavin Eugene Long, the prime suspect in the Baton Rouge shootings was obsessed with Black Lives Matter-related issues, was a member of the Nation of Islam and railed against “crackers” on his YouTube channel.
Screengrab from a video of a Gavin Eugene Long using the pseudonym of Cosmo Setepenra. YOUTUBE
“Let’s have a conversation about the black-on-black crime which kills more black males, which is a threat to more black males in the United States than a law enforcement officer,” said Clarke.
Lemon claimed, “That’s a different conversation than police brutality, and we’re not having that conversation right now,” which in other words means – ‘if we have that conversation I will lose the debate, so we’re not having that conversation.’
Sheriff Clarke then brought up the fact that black people were over represented when it came to them committing violent crimes and that explains why they’re involved in more violent confrontations with cops.
Lemon had no answer and simply reverted back to saying, “That’s a different conversation.”