Controversial figure and Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr., has withdrawn his name from a senior post with the Homeland Security Department. He is known for making controversial statements like comparing the Black Lives Matter movement with the terrorist organization ISIS. In an opinion piece in The Hill, Clarke wrote, “Black Lives Matter organizers hold the same values of America’s age-old enemies, who have always fought the ideals of our Constitution and our nation.”
The sheriff’s adviser, Craig Peterson released this statement regarding Clarke’s withdrawal, “Sheriff Clarke is 100 percent committed to the success of President Trump, and believes his skills could be better utilized to promote the president’s agenda in a more aggressive role.”
Clarke met with Trump on Tuesday to discuss how he could help the president implement his law-and-order agenda, according to Peterson’s statement.
As Clarke looks for ways to help Trump, he has serious issues he needs to deal with in his own county.
A grand jury recommended criminal charges for employees at the Milwaukee County jail in the death of Black inmate Terrill Thomas, who died of dehydration after being denied water for several days. And earlier this month, a jury awarded $6.7 million to a former female inmate at the jail who said a staff member raped her at least five times while she was incarcerated.