Milwaukee County sheriff, Trump supporter David Clarke resigns

Milwaukee County Sheriff Clarke resigns

Scott Walker will appoint a successor to outspoken conservative Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke following his resignation.

Clarke has been a frequent guest at conservative events around the country and on cable TV, which critics have argued has taken his attention away from his duties as sheriff. "I was not given any advance notice of this, as you can imagine my phone has been ringing off the hook".

Watch County Executive Chris Abele's reaction to Sheriff Clarke's resignation below.

Clarke rose to national prominence in recent years with provocative social media posts, appearances on conservative media programs and his staunch support of President Trump. He announced in May that he was under consideration for the job, but he pulled his name from consideration the next month. Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat, but he repeatedly rejected their requests.

On Sunday, President Trump promoted Clarke's book, "Cop Under Fire: Moving Beyond Hashtags of Race, Crime and Politics for a Better America".

Clarke was one of the few African-Americans to speak at the Republican National Convention past year.

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Clarke has drawn a considerable amount of controversy as Milwaukee County sheriff.

He's spoken out against sanctuary cities, as well as the "Black Lives Matter" movement.

He was hit by allegations in May that he plagiarized content in his master's thesis on homeland security, which he denied. Clarke however turned down the role at the time.

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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