U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore
Press Release

Sheriff David Clarke’s Resignation is a Victory for Milwaukee

In response to Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke’s resignation, Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04) issued the following statement:

By - Aug 31st, 2017 06:14 pm

David Clarke’s untimely departure as Milwaukee County Sheriff isn’t just a victory for Milwaukee, but for all of those whose rights and dignity were violated during his tenure. Joe Arpaio-like law enforcement figures like Clarke, who prioritize partisan fame over their constituents’ safety, have no place in our local or federal government.

“Rather than being a valuable voice in the national conversation over the strained relationship between police and the communities they serve, Clarke allowed his appetite for the spotlight to erode his credibility and weaken his authority as sheriff. As too many of my constituents can attest to, he cared more about his office looking bad than doing good. Milwaukee County deserved better.

“Clearly, Clarke was incapable of serving the residents who elected him to office as was only interested in serving a constituency of one: himself. However, even in his absence, I will continue to push Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and the Justice Department to hold Clarke responsible for the lives destroyed under his watch like Terrill Thomas, Michael Madden, Kristina Fiebrink and Shadé Swayzer‘s newborn baby girl. In the meantime, I call on Governor Walker to appoint a sheriff who will take their job seriously, value compassion over condescension, and put people before politics.”

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2 thoughts on “Sheriff David Clarke’s Resignation is a Victory for Milwaukee”

  1. Thomas D. Gillespie says:

    Sheriff Clarke was one of the best things to happen to this County. I truly hate to see him go. Quite an asset to this Law Enforcement Community. An excellent Community Leader who always told it like it was. So long Sheriff and enjoy retirement. God bless you and your family.

  2. Thomas says:

    Recently visiting family in Detroit, I was asked sincerely how Milwaukee, a city with a progressive tradition, could have a reactionary idiot the likes of Clarke as a sheriff. I tried to explain how DC pretended to be a Democrat in a county that votes routinely for Democrats. Another recent visit with friends in Pittsburgh resulted in questions concerning why Milwaukee County would elect a fool the likes of Clarke to serve as sheriff. Contrary to what Thomas D.G. says, Clarke’s tenure as sheriff was one of the worst things to happen to the image of Milwaukee.

    Take a break, Dave. Spend more time with your family. Please stay out of public life for as long as it takes for the damage you have done to it to heal a little.

    Thanks, Gwen, for “telling it like it is,” and no thanks to TDG for hi-jacking that phrase when what you meant to say was something like “tell it like you think it could have been” or “how you heard it used to be” or “how you wish it would be – even if it never was that way … “

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