Sheriff Clarke criticizes Mayor Barrett's plan for increased police patrols

CREATED Aug 4, 2014

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MILWAUKEE - In response to another violent weekend in Milwaukee, Mayor Tom Barrett said there will be increased police patrols in August.

Since Thursday, a dozen people have been shot, three of them fatally. 

"And so what we're going to do this year, there's going to be a lot of overtime quite honestly," Barret said. "And the police are going to be targeting the most areas where they see the most activity so we don't have a repeat of what we see last August."

Sheriff David Clarke held a news conference today blasting the mayor, wondering what happened to the increased patrols from June.

"I didn't say I have all the answers and my way is the right way," explained Clarke. "I have an alternative point of view to what we are doing now. And I've demonstrated that what we're doing now is killing people in this community."
 
The Sheriff called for the hiring of up to 500 more officers on the streets, and a public plan from the mayor to decrease poverty.
 
"Let's sit down. And admit we have a problem here and this isn't working and go from there, they continue to say it's getting better, no it's not."
 
Milwaukee Police Lieutenant Chris Mowes is running against Sheriff Clarke in the upcoming primary. He thinks the news conference was politics at work.
 
"I find it very suspicious he would hold a news conference eight days before a primary election," Mowes said. "The Sheriff has engaged in a lot of inflammatory rhetoric, I hear a lot of complaining, but I don't hear a lot of solutions.