Controversial Milwaukee County sheriff David Clarke resigns

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Reaction to the resignation of David Clarke as sheriff of Milwaukee County is coming in swift.

It is not yet clear why Clarke made a decision to resign. "I was not given any advance notice of this, as you can imagine my phone has been ringing off the hook".

In June, Clarke announced that he had rescinded his acceptance of a Homeland Security post.

In an email to The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Clarke said that "only someone with a political agenda would say this is plagiarism".

A frequent Fox News contributor, Clarke has been a staunch supporter of President Trump's tough-on-crime and tough-on-immigration positions.

Some Wisconsin conservatives had encouraged Clarke to challenge U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat, but he repeatedly rejected their overtures.

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The agency never confirmed, and Clarke later stated that he withdrew his name from consideration.

Clarke has drawn a considerable amount of controversy as Milwaukee County sheriff. Clarke spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

He was later accused of plagiarism in his master's thesis at the Naval Postgraduate School. He has been vocal about gun rights and critical of what he called the "hateful ideology" of the Black Lives Matters movement, saying at times, "Stop trying to fix the police".

In May, Clarke said he had been offered a top spot at DHS - a statement that the department declined to confirm after an inquest recommended criminal charges against seven county jail staffers in the dehydration death of an inmate who went without water for seven days.

While Clarke's misdirection of county law enforcement personnel to intimidate a civilian head-shaker has brought the heat down on him most recently, the episode hardly tops the list of the sheriff's scandals.

This story is developing and will be updated.