Sheriff David Clarke is a frequent guest on networks like CNN and Fox News; he’s also one of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s few black surrogates.
Most people might think that Clarke’s title is either a nickname or title carried over from his previous career, due to the frequency of times he’s been on camera, but Clarke really is the working sheriff of Milwaukee Country, Wisconsin.
Earlier in September, Terrill Thomas, a 38-year-old inmate under Clarke’s supervision, was found dead of dehydration after not drinking water almost a week.
Thomas was initially arrested in connection with two shootings at a local residence and a casino. It’s believed that the man was suffering from a mental disorder and needed medical help.
The Journal Sentinel reports that according to inmates, Clarke’s deputies allegedly deprived Thomas of water for six days.
“If something happens to that man, it’s your fault,” one of the inmates reportedly told guards.
Thomas died just nine days after he was arrested, and his death has been ruled as a homicide. However, the ruling does not necessarily guarantee that any of the officers or administrators working at the jail will face any criminal charges.
“They may well have had reason to turn off the water. There absolutely could be reasons why you’d want to turn off someone’s water in their cell. But to then not give them drinking water? That’s crazy,” Heipt said. “To make a human being die of thirst, where they have no ability to get their own water for survival, that’s pretty inhumane. It doesn’t get much worse than that.”
Sheriff Clarke is very popular in conservative circles, but he’s officially a registered Democrat (because it was advantageous to his career in heavily Democratic Milwaukee County.)
Meanwhile, Clarke loves to quench his thirst for fame on many conservative shows like Fox News’ Hannity and others to promote the “War on Cops” narrative that has gained so much popularity in conservative circles.
The sheriff also takes every opportunity to denounce the Black Lives Matter movement as a terrorist organization. In July, Clarke wrote an op-ed for The Hill in which he described BLM as the enemies of law enforcement.
We “go about our lives” with terrorist threats. We fight back and win when we are at war.
It’s time to reclaim our future and it begins by condemning Black Lives Matter, organizers and inspiration for hate, friend to enemies of law and order
As for a statement on Thomas’ death on his watch, Clarke issued the following statement.
The blood of Terrill Thomas lies on Sheriff Clarke’s hands, and hopefully, he will have to answer for the actions of his department.