Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke voiced his disgust Friday at a Baltimore prosecutor’s rush in bringing charges against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray.
The prosecutor allowed politics to govern what should have been a purely legal decision, creating “a miscarriage of justice,” Clarke told the host of Fox News’ “Your World with Neil Cavuto.”
“This neophyte prosecutor stood up there and made a political statement, Neil, and I say that because she’s chanting or voicing some of the chants from this angry mob,” Clarke said. “Her job is to tune that out. She said, ‘I hear the voices.’ She is not supposed to hear anything as she reviews this case that is not consistent with the rule of law and our system of justice.”
Clarke said he’d never seen such a rush to judgement.
“There’s no way I have ever gotten a criminal charge within 24 hours after taking over all the reports and evidence to a prosecutor,” he said. “A prosecutor who is thorough needs several days to sift through hundreds of pages of reports. They usually want to interview some of the witnesses themselves in person, and they have to sift through all of the evidence, piece by piece, and they have to wait for some of the forensic evidence to conclude to come back.”
Clarke accused the prosecutor of engaging in “political activism.”
“She just got this case yesterday,” he said, estimating the decision typically would take three to four days.
“This is political activism,” Clarke said. “She’ll never prove this beyond a reasonable doubt, and I’m not going to silently stand by and watch my brother officers offered up as human sacrifices, thrown like red meat to an angry mob, just to appease this angry mob.”
Viewers showed their support on social media, tweeting:
— Mike P (@ocMikeP) May 1, 2015
@Vinman1348 yep, but the worst part is Al Sharpton is in charge!!!
— Faria (@Faria_Sheridan) May 1, 2015
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