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Trump’s Potential Head of Homeland Security:  A Mentally Ill Inmate’s Baby Died Because of His Jail

Trump’s Potential Head of Homeland Security: A Mentally Ill Inmate’s Baby Died Because of His Jail

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by G. Brown

As president elect Donald Trump continues to select members of his cabinet, the picture is mostly White men, rich insiders or Trump loyalists who are being rewarded like billionaire Republican donor Betsy DeVos who has been named Education Secretary.

Trump has added some minorities like former presidential candidate Ben Carson whose been offered the position of Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. but so far has not accepted the post and S.C. Governor Nikki R, Haley has been named U.N. Ambassador.

Another minority candidate on the shortlist for head of Homeland Security is Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke.

Few outside of Milwaukee ever heard of Clarke until his speech at the Republican National Convention where he gave us his resounding “Blue Lives Matter” line.   Since then, the sheriff has pretty much become the poster child of staunch conservatives.  Clarke became a darling of right wing FOX news for his outspoken opinions on topics like gun control and the Black Lives Matter Movement.

When rioters threatened the streets of Milwaukee this summer after the fatal shooting of 23 year old Sylville Smith by police, Clarke quickly denounced the chaos as a result of poor Black people and the Democrats, but not racism or police brutality saying, “What happened Saturday night and again Sunday night had little to do with police use of force — it was a collapse of the social order where tribal behavior leads to reacting to circumstances instead of waiting for facts to emerge.”  Clarke also said, “The officer-involved-shooting was simply a catalyst that ignited the already volatile mixture of inescapable poverty, failing K-12 public schools, dysfunctional lifestyle choices like father absent homes, gang involvement, drug/alcohol abuse and massive unemployment….A self-examination and self-criticism by the underclass is in order as well – as is an admission by Progressive Democrats that they have failed Milwaukee would be the first step in reversing this urban decay.

The mainstream media has portrayed Clarke as a tell it like it is, no nonsense top cop…a real life Texas download-5Walker complete with cowboy hat and a willingness to back up his tough talk no matter what it takes.  It’s that last part of his Clarke’s characterization that is causing some people concern.

Huffington Post recently reported on the rash of deaths at Clarke’s Milwaukee County Jail since April.  Four people have died inside that jail, including the most recent victim–a newborn baby. According to Huff Post, a court-appointed medical monitor who visited the jail said, “he was alarmed by the “extremely large number of vacancies” at the facility, particularly for medical positions.”  The shortage in qualified medical staff members might explain how Shade Swayzer’s baby was born in the jail and also died because of the jail.

Swayzer’s lawyer says the 30 year old woman told an officer around midnight that she was going into labor.  No one helped or responded.  At 4 a.m., Swayzer’s baby was born. Still, no one helped her. It would be another two hours bofore the jail finally provided medical attention for Swayzer and her baby around 6 a.m.  The baby died later that same day.  Swayzer, who also suffers from severe mental illness according to her lawyer,  is suing the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s office for $8.5 million dollars.

In April, another jail inmate who was said to be mentally ill died of what the medical examiner described as “profound dehydration”.  38 year old Terrill Thomas allegedly flooded his cell so the water in that cell was turned off. Other inmates say Thomas could be heard begging for water prior to his death.  The medical examiner ruled Thomas’ death a homicide but Richard Berndt says, “Intent or not the county was responsible for him. To die of dehydration is cruel and unusual punishment. Despite why he was in there it wasn’t his choice to die…”

After such deaths, there have been some major criticisms and condemnation of Sheriff Clarke like a local newspaper which wrote, “No one can be surprised anymore by the sheer contempt Sheriff David Clarke publicly expresses toward the human beings under his supervision housed in the Milwaukee County Jail. But it should gravely concern citizens and other public officials to learn inmates may have died in that jail from a form of life-threatening punishment comparable to torture banned at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib.

And this is the man Trump wants to charge with protecting American citizens. A man who ignored a mentally ill woman’s pleas for medical help as she was going into labor and allowed the baby to be born into conditions of negligence, thus giving the baby a death sentence upon his birth.  The man who runs a county jail that many call death row for some of the unfortunate souls who end up there.

david-clarke-milwaukee-sheriff Like Trump, Clarke seems to have a vindictive streak. The chief medical examiner who released information about Thomas’s  jail deaths says a furious Clarke called him and “threatened” him for doing so.  The examiner also says Clarke accused him of “political activism” and threatened to have his medical license revoked.

The head of Homeland Security is responsible for guarding U.S. borders and keeping us safe inside those borders. Clarke doesn’t sound like some Hollywood hero from the big screen or a TV show. And he doesn’t sound like a man who will protect American citizens, but may be a man American citizens will need protection from.

What do you think…is Sheriff Clarke not responsible for the deaths at the jail he runs, but the officers and workers on staff are responsible? Would Clarke be a good choice for the head of Homeland Security

Comment(8)

  1. Clarke just like Trump are not qualified to be in any leadership position. All people of color as well as some religions are going to regret this idiot got into office.
    Hillary Clinton was our Best Bet…She is a good person despite what they tried to lay on her…emails..REALLY!!!!
    Trump did so much to so many and most of us never knew what the emails had in them but were ready to throw Hillary under the bus because it was said over and over again to try to make people dislike her…She is a good woman and is so qualified for the position of our Presidency over and above the one that the Electoral College chose.

  2. The white man who murdered unarmed Joe McKnight is Ronald Gasser. Less than forty eight hours, Ron Gasser has been released from police custody. Ron Gasser has not been officially charged with murder. Rest in Heaven Joe McKnight! #ModernDayLynching

  3. Off Topic:

    A white man murdered former NFL running back Joe McKnight and white people have said absolutely nothing. Joe McKnight was unarmed. Not one single white person has called Joe McKnight’s murderer a thug! White people and the white owned network news have been very quiet about this horrific crime. If the situation was reversed, the national broadcast headline would be, “Joe McKnight is a thug”, “Joe McKnight is a gangster!” Racism is real! The war against us is real! #RacistSelectiveOutrage

    On Topic:

    Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke is the king of the coons! He gladly made a deal with the white devils to insult and help destroy his own people. Have you ever seen his white wife? She looks like Larry the Cable Guy! Black people in Milwaukee County have it bad thanks to this sambo sheriff. Men like David Clarke make me very angry! David Clarke is a real life Uncle Ruckus!

    1. @ NBA HI NBA Real indeed. Clarke is like that character Dave Chappelle plays in one of his skits who is blind and doesn’t know that he’s Black. It’ll be interesting to see if Trump actually gives him the Homeland Security post since he’s rewarding loyal supporters whether they are qualified or not. Thanks for speaking up NBA as always. Have a great weekend

    2. I am not in agreement with the way Joe McKnight was murdered but, I it was said over the news that he approached the vehicle of Ron Gasser. That is the reason it is being justified. I am not agreeing to it but several years ago in Kentucky there was an incident where some guy (AA) approached a vehicle and the white guy killed him and was not charged. This is how this guy is going to get off. Now it appears since this is the second incident of road rage for Ron Gasser in the same area, then all he has to do is to wait until the next (AA) or person of color that he wants to hate that Ron can get into some confrontation with and remain in his vehicle he will be able to murder the next one until someone gets him first.

    1. @Shawn J. Hi Shawn…you’re right, both of those guys are a piece of work. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Shawn.

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