Milwaukee Sheriff Clarke Takes Job With Homeland Security

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 19, 2017

DHS has not announced the appointment.

"I'm exhausted of all these crocodile tears about 'the kids, the poor kids coming.' We're not talking about that", Clarke said in yet another clip.

A jury recently recommended felony charges for seven employees of the jail in that case.

"Our country deserves better", Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, who has repeatedly clashed with Clarke, said of his appointment to the DHS position.

"Sheriff Clarke, facing warranted scrutiny for the deaths of four people in his jail since last April, spent most of the past year traveling the country for paid speeches and hopping in front of cable news cameras to audition for a job in the Trump administration". Clarke has said little about Thomas' death. He has also been candid about his strong support of current President Donald Trump.

In an op-ed he wrote for Fox News in July 2016 entitled "It's Time to Stand Up to Black Lives Matter", Clarke wrote that "white America needs to be fearless, they need to stand up against this latest attack on the Black community by the likes of Black Lives Matter - to be unafraid to face the condemnation of the powerful but morally reprehensible liberal elites and mainstream media pushing these lies". Public engagement is an innocuous-sounding position, but I don't really think it is.

Tom Evenson, spokesman for Walker, said his office had not yet received a formal resignation letter from Clarke.

Clarke's rhetoric made him a polarizing figure.

Since the inauguration, the sheriff has drawn protests in Milwaukee for taking steps to allow corrections officers to conduct immigration enforcement in his jails.

It wasn't immediately clear what power, if any, Clarke's new assignment would give him on immigration enforcement.

Clarke's announcement comes in the midst of multiple investigations into the four deaths at the Milwaukee County Jail within a six-month period in 2016, as well as a lawsuit filed against Clarke and the county by Dan Black, who said he was unlawfully detained and questioned by deputies after shaking his head at the sheriff.

"It's going to be a huge learning curve for me".

"One of the things I've heard in speaking to several of those entities is they feel they're being ignored, and part of it is because this is a massive bureaucracy", he said. The search for a successor, Evenson said, won't begin until Walker's office receives that notice. Walker's office said the application process for interested applicants will last for about two weeks, followed by interviews. In 2015, Clarke was a guest on Fox News's Fox & Friends and claimed that police brutality ended in the 1960s.

Whoever Walker picks will serve the remainder of Clarke's term, which runs through the end of 2018.

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