David Clarke, the controversial sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, and a favorite of President Donald Trump, abruptly resigned on Thursday.
Clarke gave no reason for his resignation in a one-paragraph letter to the county clerk that was obtained by NBC News. In a statement late Thursday afternoon, he said: “After almost forty years serving the great people of Milwaukee County, I have chosen to retire to pursue other opportunities. I will have news about my next steps in the very near future.”
Clarke, one of most prominent African-American figures in law enforcement, is a frequent commentator on Fox News who was a strong supporter of Trump’s presidential campaign. As recently as this week, the president tweeted an endorsement of Clarke’s latest book, calling him “a great guy.”
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