WASHINGTON ― David Clarke, the controversial sheriff of Milwaukee County who used his position to launch a career as a conservative talking head and high-profile supporter of President Donald Trump, has resigned his law enforcement post, according to local media reports.
Clarke’s willingness to back the actions of other law enforcement officers in any situation and his harsh rhetoric against the police reform movement have made him a prominent figure in right-wing media. But he has come under scrutiny over deaths in the jail he was charged with running. One man died of thirst a week after Clarke’s officers cut off his water supply.
Despite those deaths and other issues, Clarke was a regular on Fox News shows and a popular personality online. Trump sent a tweet earlier this week encouraging his millions of followers to buy Clarke’s book, calling him a “great guy.”
A great book by a great guy, highly recommended! https://t.co/3jbDDN8YmJ?ncid=edlinkushpmg00000313— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017
Clarke was previously thought to be in the running for a position at the Department of Homeland Security. But his future at this point is unclear.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.