Who is controversial Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke?

Claudine Rigal
Mai 19, 2017

Among other concerns, organizers of a march in Milwaukee were critical of Clarke's desire to join the Department of Homeland Security's 287 (g) program, which essentially deputizes local law enforcement agencies to operate as federal immigration agents.

Burke says the department has no such announcement about Clarke.

On the 2015 trip, Clarke took a helicopter tour of the country, tweeting photos captioned: "Israel's border wall at the West Bank..."

Clarke, who's African-American, raised his national profile with a speech at the Republican National Convention in July and his vigorous defense of law enforcement.

Clarke wasn't among the seven staffers on the jury's list because prosecutors say he wasn't directly involved in the events that led to the death last year of 38-year-old Terrill Thomas, who was deprived of water for seven days.

Clarke said he was anxious about the religious freedom of churches and business owners with the marriage decision, even though no church is required to perform a marriage that goes against its doctrine. "I pray for the sake of human life that Sheriff Clarke has learned from the horror show that he has left behind in Milwaukee County".

Clarke's office and spokeswoman in Milwaukee could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.

In August of a year ago, he responded to a fatal police shooting in Milwaukee by saying impoverished communities of color were responsible for the victim's death. He called protests that turned violent "black cultural dysfunction". In Clarke's opinion, the protestors exhibited "tribal behavior".

In one clip, Clarke said that "so numerous actions of the Occupy Movement and Black Lives Matter transcends peaceful protest and violates the rule of law we rely on".

He described the urban, black poor as victims.

Since December, he's been sued three times, according to Mother Jones, including two federal lawsuits. "Scott Walker must appoint a sheriff who will withdraw from 287g, end collaboration with Trump's campaign of mass deportation and terror against immigrant families, and support reforms to prevent deaths and abuses at the Milwaukee County Jail". The suburbs, where he serves, is more heavily white than the city of Milwaukee, which has its own police force. The controversial official spent 24 years on the Milwaukee Police Department - where he began as a patrol officer and was eventually promoted to Commanding Officer of the department's Intelligence Division. Despite the fact that he is a registered Democrat, Sheriff David Clarke has been vocal in his criticism of traditionally liberal issues, including abortion, the Black Lives Matter movement, civil rights, and gun control.

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