Fiery Sheriff Clarke Gets Heated over Police Shooting: 'Don't Put Words in My Mouth'
Tonight on "The Kelly File," Sheriff David Clarke and Mark Hannah got heated while discussing the death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy who was shot dead by a Cleveland police officer.
Rice was holding a toy gun when he was shot by officer Timothy Loehmann at a playground in November 2014.
"Once you strip away the emotion, the hyperbole and the rhetoric involved in this tragic case, all that's left are the facts and circumstances," Clarke said. "And it's the rule of law standard that has to prevail."
Hannah noted that Hillary Clinton has come under fire for a tweet she sent on the case:
Sending support to Tamir Rice's loved ones. Too many black families are mourning the loss of a child. We need to change that reality. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 12, 2015
Hannah said that he doesn't think Clarke would disagree with Clinton's statement or the assertion that there is still some systemic, residual racism in the U.S.
"I would disagree wholeheartedly," Clarke responded. "Don't put words in my mouth."
He argued there is no data to prove that law enforcement officers use an inordinate amount of force against black males in the U.S.
"There is no doubt in my mind that these officers will be cleared of any criminal wrongdoing," Clarke said. "This is a tragic situation, no doubt."
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