A black conservative says President Obama is responsible for creating the environment that led to the violence in Milwaukee over the weekend.
The riot broke out Saturday night after a black police officer shot and killed a black suspect who attempted to run away after a traffic stop, exiting the vehicle and carrying a gun. When the suspect refused to drop his weapon, the officer opened fire. The incident was caught on video, which seems to confirm that the officer acted properly.
Despite the fact the policeman involved in the shooting is black, protestors burned businesses and fought police. Five officers were in fact injured.
Council Nedd II – a board member of Project 21 – serves as a constable in Pennsylvania. He blames the president for creating the incendiary atmosphere that has plagued Milwaukee and other larger cities.
"I have to lay all of this at his [feet]. There are opportunists always sort of lurking in the wings for an opportunity to cause trouble, stir up dissent, make some political hay out of something," he tells OneNewsNow. "And President Obama has created the situation."
According to Nedd, racial tension will continue to spread around the country for some time – regardless who assumes the Oval Office in January.
"What we saw in Milwaukee is just the beginning," he continues. "I think we're going to see a lot more of this over the coming months and, unfortunately, over the coming years just because this fire has ... been started and it's not easy to put out.
"Unfortunately unless a lot of hearts are softened, this is going to be the status quo for a while," Nedd concludes.
News reports indicate Milwaukee was calmer Monday night following the unrest and protests on both Saturday and Sunday nights. The city had imposed a 10:00 p.m. curfew for teenagers last night.
No one would believe him
Following the Milwaukee riots and similar incidents in other cities after police-involved shootings, is it possible for the president to make it clear that the behavior being exhibited by rioters isn't acceptable? Hans von Spakovsky of The Heritage Foundation says it might be for a new president – but not the current one.
"Because even if [President Obama] came out and said something like that, no one would believe that he was serious about it – because they're pushing this idea that there's racism everywhere and there's unconscious bias," he tells OneNewsNow.
"Look, you have all these people in this administration – from Valerie Jarrett in the White House to folks inside the U.S. Justice Department – who, if they weren't working in government, would be leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement, because they have exactly the same false beliefs that the Black Lives Matter movement does."
On Monday, President Obama was silent on the issue of the Milwaukee riots, resulting in much criticism by some news outlets.