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Democratic Lawmakers Urge Against Homeland Security Appointment of Sheriff David Clarke

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., via Twitter

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., via Twitter

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

There are few law enforcement officials as controversial and divisive as Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke.

That’s why Democrats on the House Homeland Security Committee urged Homeland Security Director David Clark to not appoint Clarke to a post within the agency, The Hill reports. 

“We understand that the Department [of Homeland Security] has yet to make an announcement about this position and strongly urge you not to consider Sheriff Clarke as candidate for this important office or any other within DHS,” they wrote in a letter to Kelly.

Among Clarke’s “troubling record” are allegations of plagiarism and “multiple inmate deaths” under his watch.

“Taken together, they warrant not only his immediate disqualification from consideration, but an unequivocal response from the department stating that neither Sheriff Clarke nor anyone with a similar record would be considered for a secretarial appointment within DHS.”

On Saturday, CNN reported that Clarke plagiarized parts of his master’s thesis on Homeland Security. 

President Trump Eyes Controversial Sheriff David Clarke for Homeland Security Post

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., via Twitter

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., via Twitter

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Donald Trump is considering controversial Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. for a job with Homeland Security.

Clarke, who is a polarizing figure and longtime Trump supporter, is expected to be appointed as assistant secretary at Homeland Security’s Office of Partnership and Engagement, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.  No Senate confirmation is required for the job, which involves coordinating outreach to state and local law enforcement agencies.

Clarke is a frequent guest on Fox News and is a lightning rod for the GOP.

In 2015, Clarke participated in an NRA-backed trip to Russia, where he and others reportedly met with one of Russian President Putin’s deputies.

ATF Stays Mum on ‘Officer-Involved Death’ of Suspect in Milwaukee

ATF LogoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ATF is keeping quiet about an “officer-involved death” of a suspect in Milwaukee last week.

“I apologize, I know it’s really confusing,” ATF media contact Ashlee Sherrill of the St. Paul field office told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “But we don’t want to compromise the investigation.” 

The Wisconsin Department of Justice is investigating the case.

The ATF was leading an operation Thursday that involved serving an arrest warrant on Bruce Young, who was accused of possessing illegal explosives. Young fled and was under pursuit when he shot himself, according to the Department of Justice. 

A video shows a law enforcement vehicle striking the running suspect before he fell to the ground.

Trump’s Potential Choice for Homeland Security Director Has Extreme Views on Handling Domestic Terrorism

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Controversial Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr., who is reportedly being considered to head Homeland Security, supports suspending the constitutional rights of up to 1 million people and sending them to the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay.

Clarke, an outspoken conservative who has downplayed police brutality, advocates treating terrorism suspects from the U.S. as “enemy combatants,” Mother Jones reports, citing his upcoming memoir.

Clarke also supports questioning Americans suspected of terrorism without an attorney and holding them indefinitely.

Last year, his position was even more extreme after calling for the roundup of Americans who sympathize with terrorists and sending them to an offshore prison.

ATF Offers $10K Reward After 8 Milwaukee Businesses Were Set Ablaze

ATF_LogoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ATF is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of arsonists who set fire to eight Milwaukee businesses during an uprising over the weekend.

The Washington Times reports that arsonists targeted a gas station, beauty supply store, auto parts store, supermarket and three liquor stores on Saturday and Sunday night.

A rally over three fatal shooting of Sylville Smith, an armed black man, turned violent after police tried to stop a march.

Seven officers also were injured.

The damage is “estimated to exceed several million dollars,” the ATF said.

Other Stories of Interest

Woman Accused of Killing Pregnant Neighbor Is One of FBI’s 10 Most Wanted

Shanika Minor was added to the FBI's Top 10 Most Wanted list.

Shanika Minor was added to the FBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted list.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Milwaukee woman accused of fatally shooting her neighbor, who was nine months pregnant, over an argument about loud music has been added to the FBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list.

The Washington Post reports that Shanika Minor, 24, fled after being charged in the March 5 murder of Tamecca Perry.  She hasn’t been seen since.

Authorities said Perry died in front of her children.

“The brutal murder of a mother and her unborn child is reprehensible,” Robert Shields, FBI Milwaukee Division special agent, said in a statement. “The FBI will provide all of our available resources to assist the Milwaukee Police Department in locating and apprehending this violent fugitive.”

Suspect in Plot to Shoot Up Masonic Temple Said Organization ‘Playing the World’

mason symbolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The man accused of plotting a shooting attack at a Milwaukee Masonic center in Milwaukee in the name of Islam claimed the fraternal organization is “playing the world like a game,” according to federal authorities reached by ABC News.

A member of the center dismissed those claims, saying it isn’t at “the root of some of the world’s problems.”

“We can hardly plan a pancake breakfast,” said Gavin DeGrave, who is a secretary for the Valley of Milwaukee, which includes four Masonic chapters.

Samy Mohamed Hamzeh, 23 was recently charged with possessing a machine gun and improperly firearms as part of an alleged plot to shoot hundreds of people at the Masonic temple.

Hamzeh insisted the charges were “not true” during a court appearance on Tuesday.

Hamzeh told informants, “They are all Masonic; they are playing with the world like a game, man, and … we don’t know what’s going on, these are the ones who are fighting, these are the ones that need to be killed.” He said later, “these are the ones who are making living for us like hell.”

FBI Foils Terrorist-Style Plot to Kill Dozens of People in Milwaukee Masonic Center

Samy Mohamed Mamzeh

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI foiled a terrorist-style plot by three Muslims to use automatic weapons to kill dozens of people at a Masonic center in Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reports. 

Authorities arrested Samy Mohamed Mamzeh, who is accused off planning the attack and “eliminating everyone” in the building.

The 23-year-old was charged with possessing a machine gun and silencer, but no terrorism counts were included, at least not yet.

“We are Muslims, defending Muslim religion, we are on our own, my dear, we have organized our own group,” Hamzeh said, according to the criminal complaint.

“Such operations will increase in America, when they hear about it. The people will be scared and the operations will increase, and there will be problems all over,… this will lead to people clashing with each other. This way we will be igniting it. I mean we are marching at the front of the war,” he said, according to the complaint.

It was a “detailed plan to commit a mass shooting intended to kill dozens of people,” said acting U.S. Attorney George J. Hannstad.

“(Hamzeh) also said that he wanted this mass shooting to be ‘known the world over’ and to ‘ignite’ broader clashes. It is difficult to calculate the injury and loss of life that was prevented by concerned citizens coming forward and by the tireless efforts of the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force.”

Hamzeh didn’t appear to be working with an established terrorist group and instead said, “We have our own group, not with Hamas, … we are here defending Islam, young people together join to defend Islam, that’s it, that is what our intention is.”