Milwaukee Sheriff Clarke rejects Homeland Security position

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Giugno 19, 2017

The Department of Homeland Security says Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is no longer a candidate for a position in the agency.

If he had taken the position offered to him, Clarke would have become an assistant secretary in DHS, serving as the go-between for local and state law enforcement agencies and their federal counterparts, who sometimes feel ignored by Washington, he stated at the time.

Trump and Clarke met in Wisconsin on Tuesday and discussed other roles he could fill to help advance the Trump agenda. Delays surrounding the appointment apparently contributed to his decision to withdrawal as well, according to a source close to the Trump administration who spoke with the Post.

Clarke strongly backed Donald Trump during the USA presidential election and compared Black Lives Matter to the Ku Klux Klan.

Chris Abele, the Milwaukee County executive, said in a statement at the time, "The appointment of Sheriff Clarke to a position meant to build partnership and engagement is not a decision made by someone interested in partnership or engagement".

And as of Friday, Clarke had not resigned from his sheriff's post. The job would have been based out of the DHS Office of Partnership and Engagement.

It's not clear what Clarke will now do instead.

Clarke called the storm over the jail deaths a "manufactured issue". In 2016, four inmates died while in custody at the Milwaukee County Jail within six months, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. A review by CNN's KFILE found that Clarke plagiarized sections of his 2013 master's thesis on USA security, failing to correctly attribute his sources at least 47 times.

Clarke has also been criticized for his track record as Milwaukee County Sheriff.

The sheriff put out a statement posted to WisPolitics on Saturday, saying he is rescinding his acceptance of a position within the Department of Homeland Security.

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