The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports:
Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. will leave office next month to accept a federal appointment as an assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He will work in the department’s Office of Partnership and Engagement as a liaison with state, local and tribal law enforcement and governments.
“I’m looking forward to joining that team,” Clarke said Thursday afternoon on the Vicki McKenna talk show on 1130 WISN Radio. Clarke said one of his responsibilities would be to “take complaints of shortcomings in the Department of Homeland Security.” “They feel like they’re being ignored,” Clarke said of his counterparts in local law enforcement.
Right Wing Watch reminds us of just a few examples of Clarke’s batshittery.
Clarke has “compared Beyonce to a Ku Klux Klan member, called for the Great Seal of the United States to feature a semi-automatic rifle, and repeatedly demanded a literal uprising against the government in protest of President Obama’s gun violence proposals, potential election rigging and marriage equality.” He once tweeted that anti-Trump protests “must be quelled.” That’s far from all.
“Clarke suggested that any person who posts pro-terrorist sentiments on social media be arrested, deprived of the constitutional protection against unlawful imprisonment (known as habeas corpus), and sent to Guantanamo Bay indefinitely,” Pema Levy of Mother Jones writes. “He estimated the number of people who could be imprisoned under his proposal could reach 1 million. Presumably, this would include American citizens.”
Clarke once said that when he hears “people say we need to reach across the aisle and work with the Democrats, you know what I say? The only reason I’ll be reaching across the aisle is to grab one of them by the throat.”
In 2006 Clarke was successfully sued for forcing police officers to sit through Christian proselytizing before his mandatory staff meetings. Clarke appealed the ruling to the Seventh Circuit Court, where he lost again. Clarke is currently being sued after an inmate at his jail died of thirst six days after the water was cut off to his cell. He is known to post public physical threats against his critics on the official Facebook page for the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department.
PREVIOUSLY ON JMG: David Clarke sued for have police detain man who asked about his outfit. David Clarke hurls racist slur at CNN commentator. David Clarke calls for a “pitchforks and torches” uprising against the federal government and journalists should Hillary Clinton win the election.
— Phil McNamara (@philindc) May 17, 2017