Sheriff David Clarke, Outspoken Support of Trump, Resigns As Milwaukee…

There are reports that Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee County has resigned.

Clarke was in Nashville, Tennessee for the National Fraternal Order of Police convention on Thursday, according to his Twitter account.

"Pursuant to Wisconsin Statute 17.01, this communication is submitted as the notice of my resignation as Sheriff of Milwaukee County commencing August 31, 2017, at 11:59 p.m.", Clarke's resignation letter said, according to the Journal-Sentinel.

Christenson said he would send Clarke's resignation letter to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, R, who will decide on the appointment of a replacement. The reason for the ex-sheriff's resignation remains unclear.

A frequent Fox News contributor, Clarke has been a staunch supporter of President Trump's tough-on-crime and tough-on-immigration positions.

Clarke has risen to national prominence in recent years, largely due to his appearances on conservative media programs and provocative social media posts. Previously, he suggested that he was being considered for a post at Trump's Department of Homeland Security - but that ended up unconfirmed.

Clarke did not immediately return an email seeking comment. Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat, but he repeatedly rejected their requests.

In January, after four inmate deaths in county jails, County Supervisor Supreme Moore Omokunde urged Clarke to resign. Clarke said in response that he'd withdrawn his name from consideration.

In a July 2016 interview on CNN, he called the Black Lives Matter movement "purveyors of hate" and said it was responsible for violence against police.

While Clarke's misdirection of county law enforcement personnel to intimidate a civilian head-shaker has brought the heat down on him most recently, the episode hardly tops the list of the sheriff's scandals.


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