Death Of Inmate In Trump Surrogate Cop's Jail Exposes Horrific Civil Rights Abuses

Death Of Inmate In Trump Surrogate Cop’s Jail Exposes Horrific Civil Rights Abuses

David Clarke Called Protesters Anarchists As he Ignored Due Process

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke gave the Republican base their nightly dosage of red meat when he addressed the Republican National Convention this summer, offering a vitriolic criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement the minute he began his speech by declaring “Blue Lives Matter”. After feeding into the false narrative that arguing Black Lives Matter means no other lives do, Clarke ginned up the convention hall by declaring BLM’s intentions to be “anarchy”.  It turns out that Clarke knows a thing or two about anarchy himself. While he was making a name for himself on national television, the jail he runs was under investigation for the death of an inmate this past spring. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s finding? Homicide.

The Huffington Post points out:

Authorities have ruled the death of an inmate at a jail run by a top law enforcement supporter of GOP nominee Donald Trump a homicide caused by “profound dehydration.” 

Terrill Thomas, 38, was found dead in a Milwaukee County Jail cell on April 24, nine days after being arrested in connection with a shooting. Other inmates heard Thomas beg for water in the days before he died, the Journal Sentinel reported in July. 


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Clarke Had The Nerve To Cite Dr. King In His Trump Rant

Clarke found a rather odd inspiration to chastise the Black Lives Matter movement during his speech. As Politico noted at the time:

Invoking Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 writing about the “the interrelatedness of all communities and states” and about our “inescapable network of mutuality, tying us in a single garment of destiny,” Clarke remarked that events in recent years in Ferguson, Missouri; in Baltimore; and in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, have shown a “collapse of social order.” “He spoke of the basic morality of the rule of law, provided that it is applied equally to both the wealthy and the impoverished; both men and women, and yes, the majority and the minority,”


What Clarke was pushing couldn’t possibly be more diametrically opposed to what Dr. King preached. A breakdown of social order begins when society can not trust the institutions charged with providing order. There is no greater example than deaths like Terrill Thomas’. Since Richard Nixon’s 1968 campaign, the GOP has flaunted itself as the “Law and Order party” without realizing the tragic irony that law and order go both ways. That’s one of the major components that separate democracy from totalitarianism. Donald Trump hopes you haven’t noticed.

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A party that campaigns on strict constitutionalism sure seems to care very little about certain constitutional freedoms like due process. Terrill Thomas was denied his. He never got his day in court. He was never judged by a jury of his peers. And he most definitely was not granted the ability to confront his accuser. He died of thirst after days of being refused water. That is justice? This is Trump’s America?

For more on the details of Terrill Thomas’ homicide, read Heavy’s in-depth coverage:

Featured Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore on and @EEUU_Politic on, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

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