The now former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is one of those who made his name more widely known than it was before through making an array of appearances on behalf of Donald Trump as he made his ascent through the American political system.
However, although there was talk of Clarke assuming a position in the Trump administration at one point, nothing ever materialized in that regard and Clarke, last fall, resigned from his position as Milwaukee County sheriff in the face of controversy over the inhumane treatment of individuals in his jails.
Now, his fall from grace has proven even more dramatic, with him set to stand trial later this month for possibly unconstitutional behavior last year when he was still sheriff. HuffPost reports that a jury will hear the case on January 22.
The allegations against him stem from an incident early last year. Clarke met a man named Dan Black on a flight, and Black, upon realizing that Clarke was the incendiary Milwaukee County Sheriff, expressed himself in such a way that the Trump shill thought Black had “disrespected” him.
To suggest that Clarke did not respond to this alleged disrespect in a mature manner would be an understatement. Taking his lead from his political inspiration — Donald Trump — Clarke freaked out to the point of having his deputies question Black upon arriving in Milwaukee.
He also orchestrated a post to the official Facebook page that reads, in part:
‘If Sheriff Clarke were to really harass you, you wouldn’t be around to whine about it.’
It’s the Facebook posts — there was another similar one besides the one above — that Clarke is still facing trouble for.
Last Friday, Wisconsin U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller ruled partially in favor of Black, saying that Clarke’s posts could “reasonably be understood as a threat, coercion, or intimidation that punishment … will immediately follow.” These threats violate Black’s First Amendment rights.