Sen. Lena Taylor on Clarke's resignation: ‘Milwaukee can sleep soundly tonight'

State Sen. Lena Taylor did not mince words following the news that Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke resigned Thursday.

In a statement shared on Twitter, Taylor (D-Milwaukee) said, “This is truly a good Thursday. I want to thank Sheriff Clark for his decision to step down. After years of abuse at his hands, the people of Milwaukee can sleep soundly tonight.”

Clarke submitted his letter of resignation Thursday effective at midnight. The sheriff, a Democrat, has taken criticism by several in his party over the years for a number of things, including a number of deaths in the Milwaukee County Jail.

However, other local leaders praised Clarke for his work, including Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan, who said in a statement on Facebook:

Thank You, Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr, for nearly 40 years of passionate service to the good residents of Milwaukee County.
You always answered the call when I contacted your office with a law enforcement issue in my aldermanic district—I will forever be grateful for your friendship, support, candor and honesty, strong commitment to real law enforcement and dedication to our nation and our brave men and women in blue.
Kathy and I wish you all the best in whatever your future holds.
God Bless,
Bob

 

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