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FILE - In this July 18, 2016 file photo, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke speaks during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Milwaukee resident Dan Black says Clarke had deputies question him after a flight because he shook his head at the lawman, who has gained national prominence for supporting Donald Trump. Black says in a complaint submitted to the sheriff's website he shook his head because Clarke was wearing Dallas Cowboys clothes on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, when they played the Green Bay Packers. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee man says a tough-talking, cowboy-hat wearing Wisconsin sheriff detained him after a flight because the man shook his head at the lawman, who has gained a national prominence for his outspoken support of Donald Trump.

Dan Black said in a complaint submitted through the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office website that his gesture of disapproval was about football, not politics. Black said he was disappointed that Sheriff David Clarke was wearing Dallas Cowboys gear the same day that team was playing the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round of the playoffs.

But Clarke didn’t view the interaction as harmless. He said in a Facebook post Wednesday that he “reserves the reasonable right to pre-empt a possible assault.”

The encounter happened during boarding for a flight from Dallas to Milwaukee hours before kickoff. The Packers went on to beat the Cowboys 34-31.

Black, 24, said in the complaint that Clarke wasn’t wearing his trademark cowboy hat and Black asked him whether he was Milwaukee’s sheriff. When Clarke said, “Yes,” Black said he shook his head, then walked toward his seat. Clarke then asked him if he had a problem, Black said, and Black shook his head to say, “No.”

Black said deputies questioned him for about 15 minutes after the plane landed before letting him go.

The status of Black’s complaint was not immediately known.

Clarke’s profile has been elevated by his outspoken support of the president-elect, and he’s been mentioned as a possible candidate for a job in Trump’s administration. He was one of the few African-Americans to speak at the Republican convention and has called anti-Trump protesters “anarchists” who “must be quelled.”

In his Facebook response to Black’s complaint, Clarke warned: “Next time he or anyone else pulls this stunt on a plane they may get knocked out.” He added he “does not have to wait for some goof to assault him.”

Black, who said he was shaken by the experience, called Clarke “unhinged.”

“Who in their right mind responds, ‘I’m going to kick that guy’s ass next time?'” Black said.


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21 thoughts on “Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke Has Man Detained For Shaking Head

  1. harvey on said:

    I served in law enforcement. My son served in law enforcement. what an idiot!!!!!!!!!!! never met any law enforcement officer this stupid. does he ever do police work?

  2. I love all the haters. You can’t stand for a second a successful black man who doesn’t obey the alt-left, George Soros, the democrats etc. None of you know his message, you just echo what your masters tell you to do.

  3. Sinatra Jeter on said:

    In yards across America there will be placed a small statue of David Clark that will replace the Little Black Sambo’s hidden in white America’s garages. They will also be able to order ones of him holding the hand of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

  4. This fool needs to fired I can’t stand him always on Fox news talking about the black community as a matter of fact I don’t even think he’s black!! Ignorant ass coon!!

  5. Why do you thing orange face trump didn’t put him in any postion because he know he crazy. And trump is trying to win Black America over so he better get it together.

  6. James R. on said:

    The most professional thing for Sheriff. Clarke to do were to tell the young man to have a nice day! The shaking of one’s head is not and assault. If it is I would have welcome that any day considering the number of physical assaults I had against me personally in law enforcement.

  7. There always has to be one “TOM” on every PLANTATION–Sheriff Clark is just that!!!!!!!!

    It is sad that this POS is a law enforcement officer and has such an impact (mostly negative) on his on community.

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