Sheriff David Clarke Has Resigned

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Sheriff David Clarke had resigned as Milwaukee County sheriff on Thursday afternoon.

Clarke rose to national prominence in recent years with provocative social media posts, appearances on conservative media programs and his staunch support of President Donald Trump.

In June, Clarke was supposedly being considered for the Assistant Secretary Position at the Department of Homeland Security.

A message seeking comment from the Sheriff's office was not returned.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Atlanta in April.

It is not yet clear why Clarke chose to resign.

Clarke recently published a memoir, "Cop Under Fire".

Clarke, one of most prominent African-American figures in law enforcement, is a frequent commentator on Fox News who was a strong supporter of Trump's presidential campaign.

Clarke was one of the few African-Americans to speak at the Republican Party national convention previous year. He also argued that Black Lives Matter has encouraged attacks on police (it never has), and that it's an "insidious terror organization".

A spokesman for the governor said that process will begin as soon as he is officially notified about the resignation by Milwaukee County.

He was later accused of plagiarism in his master's thesis at the Naval Postgraduate School. But as Nick Wing explained at HuffPost, the number of deaths is highly unusual: "Based on an analysis of The Huffington Post's jail death database, other jails that have four deaths in a year are several times the size of Clarke's downtown jail site, which has a capacity of 960".

Gov. Scott Walker will name a new sheriff until 2018's election for Milwaukee County.

This is a developing story.

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