New Sheriff in Town
Always outdoing itself on the scary staffing front, the Trump Administration has announced a new hire at the Department of Homeland Security: notorious Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke.
Sheriff Clarke will lead DHS's Office of Partnership and Engagement. Highlights from the "engagement" section of his resume include:
Prisoner engagement: In 2016, four people died on Sheriff Clarke's watch at the Milwaukee County Jail. They included the newborn baby of an inmate and a mentally ill man who was denied water for seven days. Ten additional people died in his jail between 2008 and 2013.
Community engagement: Sheriff Clarke kicked off a constructive working relationship with Black Lives Matter by referring to them as "subhuman creeps".
Social media engagement: Sheriff Clarke threatened a guy he met at the airport with physical violence, not once but twice, via the official Milwaukee County Sheriff's Facebook page.
How to help stop Giuliani time at the federal level
Call Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to remind him just how dangerous this staffing choice is: 202.282.8495.
Connect with and support Black Lives Matter, the Movement for Black Lives, Campaign Zero, and other groups working for police accountability. Another group to know in these times is the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, whose new president (Vanita Gupta) led the Obama Administration's investigations into abusive patterns and practices in several police departments.