The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office posted another Facebook threat against a man who was detained by Sheriff David Clarke for giving him a look of disapproval — and criticized a local TV station for reporting the incident, reports Fox6.
Dan Black filed an abuse-of-power complaint Tuesday against the sheriff, who he claims treated him “like a criminal” at the Mitchell International Airport in Wisconsin following a flight from Dallas.
The official Facebook page for the sheriff’s office posted a statement from Clarke denying the man’s claims and threatening to “knock out” anyone who publicly confronts him.
An anti-Trump protest planned for Inauguration Day will also include calls for Clarke to apologize.
“He has to go out there and verbalize that he is here to protect the people of Milwaukee,” said activist Aguilar Monroy. “To threaten somebody he was sworn to protect doesn’t make sense in any way.”
An attorney representing Dan Black has reached out with a statement reading:
I represent Dan Black, who is being harassed by Sheriff David Clarke. My statement is below.
Citizens should be able to complain about public officials without fear of retaliation. Sheriff Clarke’s statements are coldly calculated to intimidate Mr. Black with physical violence for engaging in Constitutionally protected activity. Law enforcement simply do not have license to beat up citizens for whatever perceived slight. Mr. Black will preemptively stop Sheriff Clarke’s attacks with the full force of the legal system. In addition to protecting Mr. Black’s rights, we will work to ensure that Mr. Black is safe from the dangers caused by Sheriff Clarke’s promotion of violence.
William F. Sulton, Esq.
Raw Story reports the sheriff’s office Facebook page — which prominently features a Gadsden flag favored by Tea Party activists — was deluged with criticism against Clarke, who frequently promotes Donald Trump during television appearances.
“So someone grabbed sheriff by his p*ssy and the sheriff needed a safe space,” posted Facebook user Joe Green. “It’s ok. We all feel threatened sometimes.”
People were astounded the Facebook page was legitimate.
“That’s not harassment. That’s murder,” posted Facebook user Joshua Myren. “The Milwaukee county sheriff’s office just shared a picture saying they would murder people if they really wanted to. Good job making us feel safe around cops.”
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele rebuked Clarke for his “juvenile” threat and urged voters to vote him out next year when he is up for re-election.
“We can do better, we deserve better, you do deserve better,
Abele said. “We can do better than this.”
(Article by Jeremiah Jones)