Milwaukee County Sheriff Calls In National Guard Amids Protests

WI- David Clarke, the Milwaukee County Sheriff who wanted to “eradicate” anti-brutality protesters has requested the Governor for reinforcement.

Barely 24-hours into the confusion which broke out in Milwaukee between the police and African-American residents, Sheriff Clarke has called for the intervention of the National Guard.

His request for reinforcement came as a shock to many after he had promised to use the resources available to him to calm the situation. Clarke’s request was granted by Governor Walker who subsequently, dispatched 125 member Wisconsin National Guard.

Walker issued a statement on Monday saying: “Following a request from Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, and after discussions with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Adjutant General Donald Dunbar, I have activated the Wisconsin National Guard to be in a position to aid local law enforcement upon request.”

The National Guards are soldiers of a rapid response team who are trained in law enforcement. They are said to be on standby in Milwaukee County and called upon when the need arises.

It is no surprise at all that this move was initiated by Sheriff David Clarke. Clarke is known for his personal dislike for the “Black Lives Matter” group. He has occasionally blamed them for the recent disapproval the police have been subjected to when it comes to brutality cases.

The call for military aid might be a follow-up action to his intention which he made public on August 29th, 2015. during an interview with Fox News; “This slime needs to be eradicated from American society and American culture.”

It seems the police deem the African-American as a race that isn’t relevant, hence they do not deserve any form of rights. Instead, of the police authorities engaging in a discord with the protesters so that they both can reach an amicable solution, they rather have put in measures to further intimidate them as usual.

From the look of things, it seems the government is yet to understand that the Black man has rights which he is privileged to enjoy. The use of government agencies to further suppress the aggrieved marginalized group isn’t going to work. We continue to support peaceful protests until our voices are heard and changes made.

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