Sheriff David Clarke accepts Trump's Homeland Security offer

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"One of the things that Secretary Kelly indicated to me was that oftentimes at the local level (law enforcement) feel it's one way, it's the government telling them you will do this you will do it this way", Clarke said.

Updated at 5:30 p.m.: Homeland Security denies that the hiring of Clarke has been made official, though The Washington Free Beacon has obtained audio footage of Clarke announcing it. "No such announcement with regard to the Office of Engagement has been made".

Under Clarke's leadership, four people have died in the Milwaukee County Jail, including a newborn baby.

Clarke announced the promotion on Thursday. Clarke argues that not only does BLM go too far in its advocacy of criminal-justice reform, but that the cause itself is categorically illegitimate. Clarke said on May 17, 2016.

Four people died in the jail past year, the Associated Press reported in March, including the newborn child of another woman, Shadé Swayzer. "He reserves the reasonable right to pre-empt a possible assault".

It's that in-your-face, won't-back-down approach that has endeared him to his conservative supporters.

His big following among conservatives got him a spot at the podium of the Republican Party convention past year, making him one of the few African-Americans speakers at the event.

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He has frequently appeared on Fox News and given speeches throughout the country, most notably at the 2016 Republican National Convention.

That one of our major political parties allows a figure like Clarke to exist comfortably within it at all is deeply disturbing.

Clarke is a lifelong Milwaukee resident who has served in law enforcement for more than 38 years, according to his Milwaukee County Sheriff's website.

The news broke Wednesday afternoon, and the general opinion was clear: this is a bad, bad decision.

Clarke made the announcement on a conservative radio show in Milwaukee, saying "I'm looking forward to joining that team".

Calling it a "marriage equality meltdown", One Wisconsin Now says that "Clarke took to social media to post, "Next is rage, then revolt, ' in response to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality". Clarke is unlikely to be an ally to those local law enforcement and elected officials ― he supports Trump's deportation crackdown and has said jurisdictions should lose their grants if they don't comply with voluntary requests.

Clarke's successor will serve until the end of the current term in 2018. Walker's office said the application process for interested applicants will last for about two weeks, followed by interviews.

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