Clerk: Milwaukee sheriff and Trump supporter Clarke resigns

Clarke holding up a copy of the United States Constitution

Milwaukee County Clerk George Christenson says Sheriff David Clarke submitted a letter of resignation, effective at 11:59 p.m., to his office today.

But Mark Belling, a conservative Milwaukee radio host, reported that Clarke told him he was quitting to accept a new position that would be announced next week.

The tough-talking, cowboy hat-wearing firebrand made himself a darling of the political right through his brash social media presence, his staunch support for Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration and his support for patrolling Muslim neighborhoods. The investigation stems from an incident at the Milwaukee airport, where Clarke ordered on-duty deputies to come shake down a fellow passenger who had stared him down and expressed distaste for the radical conservative sheriff.

He's spoken out against sanctuary cities, as well as the "Black Lives Matter" movement. Clarke had previously accepted a middle-management job in Trump's Department of Homeland Security, only to rescind that decision weeks later without explanation.




Clarke did not immediately return an email seeking comment.

As a sheriff, Clarke has allowed some pretty horrific abuses to happen under his watch, including deaths at the jail he's supposed to manage.

Clarke, for his part, doesn't seem to take his role as a jail supervisor too seriously. "That [private] contract is run out of the House of Correction, and they report to the county executive". Clarke became a go-to talking head for Fox News and other conservative outlets as the tide of protest against police violence crested nationwide in recent years.

In January, after four inmate deaths in county jails, County Supervisor Supreme Moore Omokunde urged Clarke to resign.

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