Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Who is controversial Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke?

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       Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke appears at the Republican National Convention last July Getty Images Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke appears at the Republican National Convention last July
Christy Curtis | 19 May, 2017, 04:26

Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman Jenny Burke said no announcement on Clarke had been made, and said the role of assistant secretary must be made official by the secretary of the department.

"I'm both honored and humbled to be appointed to this position, working for the..."

According to the New York Times, Clarke has yet to address the responsibility he faces for the oversight on the death of Terrill Thomas, a prison inmate, with history of mental illness that died of dehydration in April of 2016 after the staff members cut off the water in his cell for a week. Sheriff David Clarke gained nationwide attention a year ago amid a series of remarks and social media posts about several controversial political topics.

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.

For years, Clarke has been a favorite of conservative media and campaigned for President Trump during the 2016 election.

"I'm nearly overwhelmed just the with the thought of it, but at the same time I never shy away from a challenge", Clarke told WISN radio in Milwaukee. "No such announcement w/ regard to the Office of Public Engagement has been made". But the death happened under his leadership, which his critics said was sufficient cause for Clarke to be fired.

"Since Clarke failed in his duty to protect human lives in Milwaukee County's jail and abused his authority by harassing and threatening residents, why would the 45th president even consider Clarke for an appointment?" During one of those clashes in 2013, Clarke insulted Abele saying he had "penis envy".

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

The group Voces de la Frontera which has been challenging Clarke for his tough stance against unauthorized immigrants also reacted to his planned departure as sheriff.

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

"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.

Whoever Walker picks will serve the remainder of Clarke's term, which runs through the end of 2018. Walker's office said the application process for interested applicants will last for about two weeks, followed by interviews. It had been rumored that Clarke was in the running for several appointments within the new administration.

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