Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke rushed to condemn the demonstrations following the fatal shooting of Keith Scott by police, Media Matters reported on Wednesday.
“We saw a primitive behavior on display, at best primitive behavior,” Clarke told Fox Business Network host Neil Cavuto. “At worst, you saw subhuman behavior as people just reacted to circumstances, rioting, looting, it’s not a socially acceptable response to people’s frustration and what they may not know.”
Scott was shot and killed on Tuesday following an encounter with Charlotte police officers who were seeking another person with outstanding warrants.
WSOC-TV reported that Officer Brentley Vinson, who committed the shooting, was not wearing a body camera when he killed Scott. Officials did say, however, that dashcam footage confirms their allegation that Scott approached officers with a gun in his hand. Scott’s relatives have argued that he was actually holding a book while waiting for his children’s school bus.
Neither Clarke nor Cavuto mentioned that North Carolina is an open-carry state. However, Clarke — who argued last year that “there is no police brutality” in the US — said that he was “disturbed” that while 12 officers were injured during the unrest in the city on Wednesday night, that no demonstrators were listed as “casualties.”
“You cannot put law enforcement officers in harm’s way if you’re not going to allow them to use all reasonable force to defend themselves and protect life and property,” he said. “Not minimum force, not minimum force, not deescalation, all reasonable force.”
Clarke’s appearance came a day after The Influence reported that Terrill Thomas, a prisoner in Milwaukee County Jail — which is under his supervision — died after being denied water for six days. Clarke has not commented on Thomas’ death, which has been ruled a homicide.
Watch footage from the interview, as posted by Media Matters on Wednesday, below.
Christine Lagarde resigns as head of IMF
International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde submitted her resignation from the global crisis lender on Tuesday, citing more clarity about her nomination to lead the European Central Bank as European legislators approved a new top bureaucrat.
Lagarde said in a statement her resignation was effective Sept. 12, firing the starting gun for the IMF’s search for her successor, which is likely to be another European.
“With greater clarity now on the process for my nomination as ECB President and the time it will take, I have made this decision in the best interest of the Fund,” Lagarde said in a statement.
Wary US swimmers share waves with deadly sharks off Cape Cod
At the entrance to Newcomb Hollow Beach, at the tip of the Cape Cod peninsula, the picture of a great white shark reminds swimmers that the US shores of the Atlantic must be shared with the ocean's most feared predator.
The great whites swim to this region in the northeastern United States to hunt for one of their preferred foods -- seals.
Since the Marine Mammal Protection Act was passed in 1972 the number of seals in Cape Cod has grown to more than 50,000.
In 2005 the great whites were declared a protected species in the state of Massachusetts -- where Cape Cod is located -- and have since become regular visitors to the region.
Disney heiress who went undercover to Disneyland ‘livid’ at conditions and pay
Heiress Abigail Disney went to one of her family's resorts to see conditions for workers herself and was disgusted by what she saw.
In comments to Yahoo News podcast "Through Her Eyes," Disney described how she went to Disneyland in California undercover and found that workers at the resort were treated poorly—and underpaid.
"Every single one of these people I talked to were saying, 'I don't know how I can maintain this face of joy and warmth when I have to go home and forage for food in other people's garbage,'" said Disney.