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Milwaukee Sheriff Blames Riots On Absent Fathers (Video)

In an August 15 video (below), Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke blamed the recent riots in his city on households without dads, "questionable lifestyle choices" and liberal policies in the Republican-controlled state.

Clarke told Fox Business News that the police shooting of an allegedly armed African-American man, Sylville Smith, on August 13 is not what caused the riots, notes

But look, that's not what causes riots anyway. What causes riots are failed liberal urban policies in these ghettos like Milwaukee. Milwaukee has inescapable poverty. We’re like the sixth poorest city in America. They have failing public schools. The K-12 public school system here, there's only two school systems that are worse: Cleveland and Detroit.

You have massive black unemployment. I think the black unemployment rate in Milwaukee is 32 percent. You have dysfunctional families, you have father-absent homes, you have questionable lifestyle choices. Those are the ingredients for a riot. And then a police shooting comes along and just acts as an igniter to an already volatile situation.

Clarke said that the officer in the shooting feared for his life and was confronted by an armed individual. However, Vox notes that it is not clear if Smith actually aimed a gun or shot at police following a traffic stop.

Police said that Smith was told to drop the gun several times before the officer killed him. There is a police body camera video of the incident that has not yet been released.

Clarke again blamed a "Democrat-liberal class of politicians" for Milwaukee's economic woes. A study by the Wisconsin Budget Project in June, however, found that the Manufacturing and Agriculture Credit, signed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker in 2011, has mostly benefited the wealthy and has not created the jobs it was supposed to.

According to the Wisconsin Budget Project, the tax credit virtually eliminated income taxes for manufacturing and agricultural companies.

The main beneficiaries of the massive tax cut were reportedly millionaires, some of whom received breaks of more than $100,000, while people with moderate or low incomes basically got no tax credits.

The study also said that companies were allowed to use the tax cut even if they didn't create jobs, laid off employees, outsourced jobs to other countries, and/or closed their factories.

The Wisconsin Budget Project noted, "A review of employment figures shows that there has not been an increase in the rate of growth of manufacturing jobs since the credit has been in place," and added, "Wisconsin's cuts in state support for public schools and higher education system are among the largest in the country."

Sources:, Vox, Wisconsin Budget Project / Photo credit: Fox Business via Raw Story/YouTube

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