Sheriff Clarke getting flak from colleagues for his take on calling 911

CREATED Jan. 28, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - "He just set us back 15 years. I need you to call 911," said Sheriff Todd Nehls, of Dodge County.

Sheriff Nehls is fired up over a public service announcement from Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke. Clarke took his argument to CNN Monday morning, saying that citizens should consider skipping the 911 call and grabbing a firearm for protection.

"Once you're on the street and someone sticks a gun in your face and takes your car or your wallet, you don't have the option of calling 911," said Sheriff David Clarke.

Nehls argues Clarke is playing politics with your safety, blaming layoffs and furloughs for the problem.

"I'm not going to cry about a couple of deputies short. I’ve got shortages," said Sheriff Nehls. "I mean, this is just way off base."

Nehls is also questioning whether Clarke is qualified to comment. According to the Office of Justice Assistance, in 2011 there were 7,380 violent crimes in Milwaukee County. The sheriff's office responded to just 163 of them. That's a little over 2 percent.

Sheriff Nehls says even though it takes a few seconds to dial 911, if you just call and hang up that tells them where you are. If you can give them any information, that can tell them what's happening and just how fast you need them. And that can save time in the end which could save your life.

"Use your second amendment right. Use your conceal carry. Kill the guy," said Nehls. "But I'm saying there's intermittent mechanisms and means to mitigate you from becoming a victim that may prevent you from getting to that point because I don't think anybody in this country wants to intentionally kill another human being."