Retired Sheriff David Clarke Pulls Page From Trump Playbook: Make Them Pay For Security
David Clarke To Antifa: ‘Your Nonsense Is Not Going To Be Tolerated’
The University of California spent almost $600,000 on security measures to protect conservative commentator Ben Shapiro and his audience when he gave a speech September 14 on campus.
David Clarke, former sheriff of Milwaukee County in Wisconsin, said on a podcast that the violent group Antifa should pay for those costs.
Shapiro was able to speak without being interrupted or any acts of violence at Zellerbach Hall due to overwhelming police presence. University police emptied and cordoned off five building surrounding the hall. Police were dressed in riot gear and were behind a line of concrete barriers, according to The Daily Caller.
Clarke said the reason it costs $600,000 to police the event “is because of Antifa.”
“If Antifa doesn’t show up and if all during the week they are not making threats to disrupt, guess what? It’s going to cost very little to police that event,” Clarke said on the Offended America podcast.
“So what I would do as a governmental agency, I would take that bill I would go into court in that jurisdiction and file a lawsuit on the organizers of Antifa. You can identify these people and they have leadership, too. It might be loosely structured. I would say, ‘Judge I want them to pay this bill. Had they not shown up and in an unlawful manner, we wouldn’t have had this bill.’
“Maybe you’ll get some judge to say, ‘Yes. Antifa, you are gonna pay this bill.’ Maybe not. But at least you are sending a message to Antifa that your nonsense is not going to be tolerated by this government.”
Responding to a question about top police officials becoming politically correct, Clarke talked about how poorly law enforcement was treated under the Obama administration.
“I’ve seen it all across this country, ever since the days of Ferguson,” Clarke said. “I saw this profession of law enforcement under assault by some cop-hating sources. I saw politicians in high political places including the U.S. Department of Justice Attorney General and former President Obama reign holy hell on this profession and the American law enforcement officer.”