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Sheriff David Clarke, Who Runs Jail Where 4 People Died, Says He’s Going To Work For DHS

By in Huffington Post on May 17, 2017

By Ryan J. Reilly

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump’s administration will appoint Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke ― a Fox News talking head with extreme rhetoric on law enforcement ― to a job in the Department of Homeland Security, Clarke said Wednesday.

The sheriff has recently come under scrutiny because four people, including a newborn, died in less than a year inside the jail he’s charged with running.

Clarke told 1130 WISN Radio that he will serve as an assistant secretary in the DHS’s Office of Partnership and Engagement and will work as a liaison between law enforcement and state and local governments. That job does not require a Senate confirmation.

DHS has not yet announced or confirmed the appointment.

Clarke became a regular presence on Fox News after the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown led to unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. He has particularly taken issue with the Black Live Matter movement: He has branded it a terrorist and anarchist campaign; suggested it be labeled a hate group; referred to it as an “enemy” that is “at war with America”; claimed its members would join with ISIS; and given it the nickname “Black Lies Matter.” He has also said that African-Americans sell drugs “because they’re uneducated, they’re lazy, and they’re morally bankrupt.”

Clarke, a longtime Trump supporter, said during the campaign that it was time to bring out “pitchforks and torches” against the media, the Obama White House and Congress. He was given a key speaking role at the Republican National Convention last summer, where he was a crowd favorite.

Before long, Black Lies Matter will join forces with ISIS to being down our legal constituted republic. You heard it first here.

— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) October […]    

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