Walker: Not my job to remove Sheriff Clarke after jail death
MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker says he won’t remove Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke from office after an inmate in his jail died of dehydration after being without water for seven days.
Walker said Wednesday while the reports of the 2016 death were troubling, it’s up to voters to decide Clarke’s fate.
Voces de la Frontera, an immigrant rights group, petitioned Walker to use a law that gives him authority to remove negligent elected officials from office.
More details about the death of 38-year-old Terrill Thomas are coming out this week as Milwaukee County prosecutors decide whether to press criminal charges.
Walker says he doesn’t make decisions based on news stories and wants to look at a “scientific report” about the death.
Thomas’ autopsy concluded he died of profound dehydration.
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