Sheriff David Clarke opens his comments at the Republican National Convention saying, “Ladies and Gentlemen I would like to make something very clear. Blue Lives Matter in America.” He goes on to describe the somber task at hand of burying three Baton Rouge Police officers. But “There is some good news,” says Sheriff Clarke, ‘as Lieutenant Brian Rice was acquitted on all charges in the malicious prosecution of activist states attorney Marilyn Mosby.”
He addresses the importance of making America safe again, that it is a prerequisite for achieving the campaign’s goal of making America great again. “We simply cannot be great if we do not feel safe in our homes, our streets and our schools.” He notes that “Many Americans increasingly have an uneasiness about the ability of their families to live safely in these troubling times.”
Sheriff Clarke says, “This transcends race, religion, ethnicity, gender, age and lifestyle.” He relates how he often tells members of his community in Wisconsin that safety starts with the willing acceptance of people to play by society’s rules. A code, if you will, where we collectively agree upon that ensures stability, fairness and respect. It is built upon a foundation of trust in each other and in the people who administer and enforce society’s rules, which at its foundation is the rule of law.”
He describes how law enforcement officers understand the role race plays in American society and the need for transparency and fairness in their application of law and interactions with the community.
“Donald Trump is the steadfast leader our nation needs,” says Clarke. “You see Donald Trump understands that what can make our nation safe again is a recommitment to a system of justice in which no government official, not even those who have fought their way to the marble and granite halls of Washington, no private citizen, no elected official, even Hillary Clinton” is above the law.