Conservative sheriff criticizes FBI for investigating Flint water crisis

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., via Twitter.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., via Twitter.

By Steve Neavling
Motor City Muckraker

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., a black conservative who last year called African Americans “lazy” and “morally bankrupt,” criticized the FBI for investigating the Flint water crisis.

“FBI is stretched thin keeping up with US radicalized terror subjects but is sending agents to investigate Flint MI lead in water. Priorities,” Clarke tweeted Wednesday.

Clarke is known for his incendiary, attention-grabbing comments about Democrats, African Americans and progressive issues.

His tweet about Flint caught criticism – and some praise – from his Twitter followers.

Clarke is a notorious racial agitator and frequent guest on Fox News.

In a podcast on a conservative website, Clarke blasted African Americans.

“Let me tell you why blacks sell drugs and involve themselves in criminal behavior instead of a more socially acceptable lifestyle — because they’re uneducated, they’re lazy, and they’re morally bankrupt,” Clarke said. “That’s why.”

Clarke also said the Black Lives Matter movement “will join forces with ISIS to being (sic) down our legal constituted republic. You heard it first here.”

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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • Carlius

    He’s an idiot, who deserves to be fired and shot. This sheriff is a modern day house coon

  • Dongald Trumpenis

    Milwaukee? Oh yes, then he’s just a manservant of Scott Walker, saying what Massa told him to say. If a Syrian poisoned a city water supply, THAT would be terrorism. If a Republican does it, oh well…

  • Harry Palmer

    “Clarke is a notorious racial agitator and frequent guest on Fox News.”
    That’s all you need to know about the credibility of this guy.
    Milwaukee County must be a hell of a place to live, if this a**hole is Sheriff.

  • Harry Palmer

    “Clarke is a notorious racial agitator and frequent guest on Fox News.”
    That’s all you need to know about the credibility of this guy.
    Milwaukee County must be a hell of a place to live, if this a**hole is Sheriff.

  • banmar

    This guy’s just a nutjob. It’s very common for the FBI’s white collar crime unit to get involved in situations like this, simply because federal money was involved, along with state money, so they can join forces. The white collar crime teams are trained to go through the contents of computers and mountains of paper and recreate the road that led to this mess. Note to Mr. A-Hole Racist Sheriff: Homeland Security handles a lot of the homegrown terrorists and even threats at the borders. FBI agents work with them much of the time, but they also have duties they have to fulfill that aren’t related to terrorism. Have you not attended any continuing education classes and seminars about domestic and foreign terrorism?

    I really hate the fearmongering douchebags like this try to foist upon us. Yes, we should be watchful and say something if we see something, but as a 9/11 survivor, I really resent when people use everything that happened that day as a political platform. It feel so weird to think that 15 years have passed since then; it still feels like yesterday. I’m not afraid of domestic terrorism or another attack; I have no doubt we’ll see more, some regarding ISIS, others more like the Tim McVeigh anti-government type, but you can’t hide in the house, separating yourself from the world. The best defense against foreign or domestic terrorism is a well-lived life with good family and friends to mourn you.

  • bebow

    The sheriff ought to stick to law enforcement. He’s showing far too much of himself with the indecent comments.

  • javierjuanmanuel

    Lastly you could read it as why do blacks who sell drugs do it. Then his answer. He is indicting blacks who sell drugs, not blacks who own small business, professors, doctors, lawyers, engineers, even lower middle class working stiffs who just work a 9-5 and obey the law. I doubt he is including the 45 year old black guy with no record who works the counter at 7-11.

    He cannot get a fair shake, because he is black, a cop, and conservative.

    People are on the look out to try to ruin him no matter what he says

    • WiserWords2

      The problem is he used race as an attribute for behavior. Why didn’t he talk about why “people” sell drugs? Your comment “Lastly you could read it as why do blacks who sell drugs do it.” shows that racism against Black people is part of the psyche of many Americans. You saw nothing wrong with this comment.

  • javierjuanmanuel

    ““Let me tell you why blacks sell drugs and involve themselves in
    criminal behavior instead of a more socially acceptable lifestyle —
    because they’re uneducated, they’re lazy, and they’re morally bankrupt,”
    Clarke said. “That’s why.”

    That does not sound crazy if you make it white men, all men, etc.

    Thats one of my go too comparisons, people say terrible things about men, about whites, there can be 100 comments and no one calls them out. I suggest, how hateful it is, no one flinches. I suggest substitute black and people flip out.

    So I think the magic word here is black, not that he is throwing a group under the bus.

    You could throw in 1 percenters, christians, wallstreeters, and people do not flinch.

    Take what was said about the christians, you can get the same guy that said it to react if you say it about muslims.

    Another good example, in headlines on fb, I have seen papers, big blogs that have hundreds of thousands or millions of followers have the headline god damn in the last few months. No outcry. You can have eff the god of people in the middle east, do not want to say his name, not the christian god, not the jewish god, the third one, and you could get tons of white christians upset, and virtually everyone on the left. Because they are brainwashed.

    Its not about values, its about reacting to certain words in certain circumstances

    • WiserWords2

      You’re ignorance is stunning. Of course the magic word is “black”. We live in a country founded on racism against Black people. A country that spent over 400 years attributing negative behaviors to Black people in order to justify oppressing them. Why did he have to mention race at all? Does he believe Black people have a different reason for selling drugs than white people do?

      His statement would certainly sound crazy if he attributed it to any racial group. Please supply me some new stories where negative behavior by white people is attributed to them being white. Find me articles that explain why whites commit mass murders or why whites commit pedophilia.

    • Ruby N. Gill

      This is why many Blacks no longer bother to have these conversations. Some of you appear to be deliberately obtuse, but that is not it. You REALLY don’t get it- -it is like talking to a brick wall. This man has indicted the entire Black race with that statement. The least educated Black among us immediately gets that.

  • javierjuanmanuel

    None of those sniped twitter comments showed how the FBI has tons of excess labor and guys just sitting around twiddling their fingers.

    Is it normal for the FBI to investigate something like this ? Will it take 3-4-5 years to decide. Maybe they should hold off any decision until snyder is out of office, and the next election is decided. Thats how it works at the federal level.