A New York City police officers’ union has named Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke their Man of the Year, but not everyone is happy about it.
The New York Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the largest union representing New York’s officers, awarded the annual honor to the conservative Clarke, an outspoken critic of the Black Lives Matter movement, The Washington Times reported.
Past recipients of the annual award have been elected leaders or lawmen connected with New York, like 2015’s honoree, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. But Clarke’s straightforward and unshakable support for law enforcement during recent times when police are often under fire, made him a prime candidate for the award.
“Sheriff Clarke is a passionate and vocal defender of police officers, at a time when our job is more difficult and dangerous than ever before,” association President Patrick Lynch said. “That is exactly what the PBA does for New York City police officers, so it has been encouraging to hear Sheriff Clarke make the same case on a national stage. We should be hearing that type of support from elected leaders in both parties and at all levels of government.”
But New York’s liberal Daily News did not concur:
He’s slammed gun control supporters as “freedom-loathing gun-haters.”
He’s labeled Attorney General Eric Holder an “a—–e.”
He’s ripped the Black Lives Matter movement as “Black lies Matter.”
But to the city’s largest police union, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is America’s finest lawman.
The newspaper went on to present comments from critics of this year’s award recipient, calling him “one of the nation’s most divisive law enforcement figures.”
Clarke, a supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, was elected in 2002 after serving with the Milwaukee Police Department for 24 years.
He said he was humbled and honored to receive the award, according to the Times.
“I accept this award on behalf of every law enforcement officer who serves and protects their community with integrity, honor, courage and commitment throughout the United States,” Clarke said.
Needless to say, Clarke probably didn’t lose any sleep over the Daily News tantrum.