01 September, 2017
Milwaukee County Clerk George Christenson says Sheriff David Clarke submitted a letter of resignation, effective at 11:59 p.m., to his office today.
His resignation letter officially came in at 3:17 pm on Thursday, according to local news reports. "I was not given any advance notice of this, as you can imagine my phone has been ringing off the hook".
Clarke announced in May that he had taken a job at the Department of Homeland Security, but the agency never confirmed it.
"I am pleased to learn of the resignation of David Clarke, who obviously no longer wanted to be Sheriff of Milwaukee County, and had lost touch with the people".
Clarke has been a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump and has been rumored as a nominee for secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security.
Clarke did not immediately return an email seeking comment.
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Clarke, a tough-on-crime conservative Democrat on paper, had become a favorite among conservatives with his provocative social media posts and his blind devotion to Donald Trump during his 2016 campaign. Despite that investigation, Clarke remained popular with many conservatives.
Clarke recently published a memoir, "Cop Under Fire".
Clarke was one of the few African-Americans to speak at the Republican Party national convention past year. But as Nick Wing explained at HuffPost, the number of deaths is highly unusual: "Based on an analysis of The Huffington Post's jail death database, other jails that have four deaths in a year are several times the size of Clarke's downtown jail site, which has a capacity of 960".
Clarke rose to prominence as a national media figure during his tenure as sheriff of Milwaukee County, increasingly appearing on cable news outlets like FOX News to talk about police issues.
This is a developing story.