Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee County, Wis., reportedly directed some of his officers to hassle a man at an airport after Clarke and the man had a brief verbal exchange, according to a new report.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Clarke and the man, 24-year-old Dan Black, had a brief verbal exchange aboard an American Airlines flight in January. Clarke claims that Black asked him if he was Sheriff Clarke.
Clarkeâ€™s claims come as a response to a lawsuit filed by Black against Clarke, Milwaukee County and several unnamed deputies, according to the Journal Sentinel.
After Black and Clarkeâ€™s exchange, Clarke sent a text message to Captain Mark Witek telling Witek what to do with Black.
â€śJust a field interview, no arrest unless he becomes an asshole with your guys,â€ť Clarke wrote. â€śFollow him to baggage and out the door.â€ť
â€śQuestion for him is, why he said anything to me,â€ť Clarke continued. â€śWhy didnâ€™t he just keep his mouth shut?â€ť
Black says he was detained, interviewed and escorted out of the Milwaukee airport by six deputies after the incident, according to the report.http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/335275-sheriff-david-clarke-directed-officers-to-hassle-man-after