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Friday, 26 May 2017

Wisconsin sheriff accused of 'ordering staff to harass man'

A Wisconsin sheriff known for his outspoken support of Donald Trump is accused of ordering staff to unlawfully detain a man over a brief exchange.
Sheriff David Clarke is being sued by Dan Black, who claims he was held after he spoke to the police official on board a flight from Texas to Wisconsin.
Mr Clarke allegedly texted a police official to follow Mr Black to baggage at the airport, federal records show.
He claims Mr Black stood over him in a "physically threatening manner".
"Just a field interview, no arrest unless he becomes an a**hole with your guys," the Milwaukee County sheriff allegedly wrote in a text message to Captain Mark Witek, the Milwaukee Journal-Setinel reported.
"Question for him is why he said anything to me. Why didn't he just keep his mouth shut. Follow him to baggage and out the door. You can escort me to carousel after I point him out."
A copy of the text messages was given to the newspaper by an attorney for Mr Black, who is suing the sheriff, Milwaukee County and several deputies over the matter.
A spokeswoman for the sheriff, Fran McLaughlin, declined to comment on the text messages, according to the newspaper.
Mr Black said he approached Mr Clarke to ask him if he was the sheriff after boarding a flight from Fort-Worth Dallas, Texas, to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on 15 January.
He claimed he shook his head after the sheriff asked him if he had a problem and walked away.
Mr Black said he was later detained, questioned and escorted out of the airport upon arrival by several officers in uniform and a police dog.
Source By BBC.COM



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