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Milwaukee sheriff urges citizens to defend themselves

Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:50:58 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 25 2013 03:07:55 PM CST

MILWAUKEE -

The Milwaukee County Sheriff is urging citizens to learn to handle firearms -- so they can defend themselves until authorities arrive.

Sheriff David Clarke Jr., released the radio ad this week, telling residents that when it comes to personal safety: "I need you in the game."

In the ad, Clarke says that because of layoffs and furloughs, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer the best option. He says citizens can either beg for mercy, hide or "fight back."

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported the spot was aired at least once, and posted on the department's website Friday.

Roy Felber, president of the Milwaukee Deputy Sheriffs' Association, said the ad sounds like a call to vigilantism.

A message left for Clarke was not immediately returned.

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