Reaction to the resignation of David Clarke as sheriff of Milwaukee County is coming in swift.
Clarke has drawn a considerable amount of controversy as Milwaukee County sheriff.
Clarke, however, had previously vowed not to resign over the headshake-shakedown scandal until "right after that little mouse does", referring to the county executive pursuing a case against the sheriff.
An inquest jury in May recommended charges against seven Milwaukee County Jail officials in the dehydration death of Terrill Thomas, who was denied water and a mattress for seven days while in Clarke's jail, the Milkwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat, but he repeatedly rejected their overtures. He announced in May that he was under consideration for the job, but he pulled his name from consideration the next month.
He was later accused of plagiarism in his master's thesis at the Naval Postgraduate School. Clarke however turned down the role at the time. Clarke isn't among the seven staffers - prosecutors said he wasn't directly involved in the events that led to the death of 38-year-old Terrill Thomas - but the death happened under Clarke's leadership, which his critics say is enough cause for his firing. He also spoke at the Republican National Convention last summer. He also argued that Black Lives Matter has encouraged attacks on police (it never has), and that it's an "insidious terror organization".
Clarke rose to prominence as a national media figure during his tenure as sheriff of Milwaukee County, increasingly appearing on cable news outlets like FOX News to talk about police issues.
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