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Clarke, earlier this month, told a Fox News host that demonstrators with immigrant rights and Black Lives Matter movements deserve to be "hit first and hit hard."

Petition opposes Sheriff Clarke's policing at Trump protests

Milwaukee social justice advocates don't want Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke handling policing at political events for Donald Trump.

Clarke, earlier this month, told a Fox News host that demonstrators with immigrant rights and Black Lives Matter movements deserve to be "hit first and hit hard."

Now the social justice groups Voces de la Frontera and the Coalition for Justice are circulating a petition calling for a law enforcement official other than Clarke to oversee public safety at Trump events in the Milwaukee area.

"Sheriff Clarke's violent rhetoric endangers public safety, and his comments targeting immigrant rights and Black Lives Matter supporters completely disqualify him from having anything to do with protecting the public at Trump events," said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la Frontera. "Clarke is inciting the racist violence that has shocked the country at Trump’s rallies. We urge local authorities in the areas where Trump holds events to ensure that Clarke and the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office are not in charge of protecting public safety, given his incendiary comments. We call on local authorities to establish a plan to prevent racial profiling and violence at Trump events to protect the people’s constitutional right to protest.”

The petition, addressed to the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, states, "Sheriff Clarke’s inflammatory statements encourage violence and put Milwaukee County residents at risk. Given his comments that Trump supporters should “hit first and hit hard,” we have no confidence in his ability to protect public safety.

Please ban the Sheriff from policing any Trump events and protests in the area and implement a plan to prevent profiling and violence against protesters."

An explanation with the petition reads, "We already face one of the nation’s highest incarceration rates, a new round of anti-immigrant legislation, and we are still mourning Dontre Hamilton’s murder. Donald Trump’s The last thing we need is a Sheriff instigating violence and further harming our communities.:

On the Web …

'Hit first and hard' video.

The petition online.


  1. John O 30 March, 2016 at 11:28 Reply

    The only way a sheriff can be prevented from protecting in policing an event Especially if the event is large scaled event would have to be moved out of the county for that to happen, the sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer of the county and is elected by the people

  2. Sherlene 31 March, 2016 at 08:37 Reply

    What are they afraid of? That the sheriff won’t put up with their crap! Well he shouldn’t! If they behave as they have in the past, breaking multiple laws and doing millions in damage where ever they go then they should face charges and see that not only this sheriff but other ones will not put up with their demands! They should have went to jail along time ago.

  3. Margaret 2 April, 2016 at 23:38 Reply

    I agree with Sherlene! If they are GOOD citizens, they have nothing to fear. I believe Sheriff Clark is an honest, fair, law abiding person and will KEEP the peace. They have every right to demonstrate, peacefully but not to disrupt or destroy. Other people want to hear what Trump has to say, and that is THEIR right!!!e

  4. Ken 3 April, 2016 at 23:26 Reply

    This Cowboy clown Sheriff who has never been able to walk the talk in his own agency or community is talking this tough talk to try to get himself a White House appointment if Donald Trump is elected.

    If Donald Trump is foolish and dumb enough to buy into this mouth piece and NOT check him out for what he really is; then I am sorry I have been supporting Donald Trump all this time, because it means he would not be as smart as we think he is.

    Sheriff Clarke is a mouth piece that spends “NO” time at his own agency; and can “NOT” walk the talk, which is why he spends all his time talking. Just look at how he has destroyed his Department.

  5. CMD 18 June, 2016 at 09:43 Reply

    Don’t break any laws, there will be no problems. It really is that simple. If you’re here illegally, you’ve ALREADY broken the law, and you SHOULD be scared. Because your day is coming.

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