People keep dying in Milwaukee County Jail, and the man who runs it could get a top job in Trump’s cabinet. Sheriff David Clarke, who has been an outspoken supporter of Donald Trump is reportedly under consideration to become the head of the Department of Homeland Security.
Under Clark’s supervision, four people have died while in custody at the Milwaukee County Jail since April. Two of them were 38 years old. One was 29. And one was a newborn baby. Now, the mother of that baby is demanding that the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office pay $8.5 million dollars, claiming that jail officials ignored her requests for medical attention as she prepared to give birth.
In a notice filed by Jason Jankowski, a lawyer representing former inmate Shadé Swayzer, at least one jail official is accused of laughing at, and ignoring, Swayzer’s calls for attention after she went into labor in the early hours of July 14. After giving birth around 4 AM, Swayzer was allegedly not seen by medical personnel until 6 AM. The child was pronounced dead later that day.
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the sheriff’s office claims Swayzer never notified her jailers that she had gone into labor, and the medical care company contracted by the jail stated in the days after the death that the child had been stillborn. Swayzer, however, stated the child was “born alive, cried profusely and was breastfed.” Swayzer was reportedly being housed in the “special needs” section of the jail.
According to the report, in late August, 38-year-old Kristina A. Fiebrink was found unresponsive and declared dead in her cell. She had reportedly been arrested for resisting and obstructing an officer. Two months later, Michael J. Madden, 29, was also found dead at the jail house. He had been arrested the previous month on theft and drug-related charges. The causes of both Fiebrink and Madden’s death have not been made public.
Additionally, Clarke has called for tweets and Facebook posts be policed, declaring that up to 1 million people would be arrested and incarcerated in Guantanamo, a prison that has up to now held fewer than 800 prisoners.
As this happens, the President-elect is floating the idea of naming Sheriff Clarke for the top post in national security.