Sheriff blames Black Lives Matter movement for police killings

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Sheriff Blames Black Lives Matter Movement For Cop Killings

Hours after three officers were shot and killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, CNN's Don Lemon interviewed Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke. And it was a spirited interview.

"I've been watching this for two years. I've predicted this. This anti-police rhetoric sweeping the country has turned out some hateful things inside of people that are now playing themselves out on the American police officer," Clarke said.

"I'm looking at three dead cops this week, and I'm looking at five last week, and you're asking me to keep it down?" Clarke asks.

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"Just, please, if you will just please. If we can keep it civil — the message to people at home is one of civility," Lemon said.

"Don, I wish you had that message of civility toward this hateful ideology, purveyors of hate," Clarke said.

"You don't know what my message is. Are you going to let me get a word in? We'll be right back," Lemon said.

Clarke claims the Black Lives Matter movement has spurred violence against men and women in uniform.

Police officers killed in Baton Rouge identified:

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This undated photo made available by the Baton Rouge Police Dept. shows officer Montrell Jackson. Jackson, 32, has been identified as one of the police officers killed in a shooting early Sunday, July 17, 2016, in Baton Rouge, La. (Baton Rouge Police Dept. via AP)
This undated photo made available by the Baton Rouge Police Dept. shows police officer Matthew Gerald. Gerald, 41, was killed by a gunman in Baton Rouge, LA., Sunday, July 17, 2016. (Baton Rouge Police Dept. via AP)
This undated photo made available by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office shows deputy Brad Garafola. Garafola and at least two other Baton Rouge law enforcement officers investigating a report of a man with an assault rifle were killed Sunday, July 17, 2016, less than two weeks after a black man was fatally shot by police here in a confrontation that sparked nightly protests that reverberated nationwide. (East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office via AP)
This undated photo provided by Trenisha Jackson shows her husband, Baton Rouge Police Officer Montrell Jackson, one of the three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers who were killed Sunday, July 17, 2016. Three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers investigating a report of a man with an assault rifle were killed Sunday, less than two weeks after a black man was fatally shot by police here in a confrontation that sparked nightly protests that reverberated nationwide. (Courtesy of Trenisha Jackson via AP)
In this 2016 photo provided by Trenisha Jackson, her husband, Baton Rouge Police Officer Montrell Jackson, holds his son Mason at a Father's Day event for police officers in Baton Rouge, La. Montrell Jackson and two other Baton Rouge law enforcement officers investigating a report of a man with an assault rifle were killed Sunday, less than two weeks after a black man was fatally shot by police here in a confrontation that sparked nightly protests that reverberated nationwide. (Courtesy of Trenisha Jackson via AP)
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It's a claim he reiterated in an op-ed piece The Hill published Monday. The sheriff wrote in part, "It's time to reclaim our future, and it begins by condemning Black Lives Matter, organizers and inspiration for hate, friend to enemies of law and order."

Leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement have repeatedly called for an end to violence.

Clarke is no stranger to the interview circuit — he's weighed in on various officer-involved shootings and often appears on Fox News.

Clarke has been the Milwaukee County sheriff since 2002 and before that served for the Milwaukee Police Department for more than two decades.

He's expected to speak at the Republican National Convention on Monday night.

(Additional reporting by AOL.com)

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