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Twitter Suspends Sheriff David Clarke over “violent” tweets against media

WASHINGTON,  January 02, 2017 — Trump supporter and former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke was temporarily suspended from Twitter, after he made what Twitter believed was threats of violence against the media. Sheriff Clarke sent out a Tweet early Tuesday saying “Nothing gets a bully like LYING LIB MEDIA’S attention better than to give them a taste of their own blood,” he wrote above a photoshopped image showing him in a wrestling ring, kicking the CNN logo as President Donald Trump holds “CNN” in place.

CNN first reported Clarke’s suspension on Twitter. Sheriff David Clarke has been a strong and frequent surrogate for President Donald Trump. Clarke sent out two other tweets which were also removed.  The tweets were sent out in response to a story that was released last Friday about a search warrant request for Clarke’s emails. The request was part of a previous investigation into his staff’s alleged harassment of an airline passenger who shook his head at Sheriff Clarke. The prosecution later dropped the case.

Twitter initially determined that Clarke’s tweets did not violate of its rules against abusive behavior. By Monday evening, however, Twitter officials had reversed course, stating that they had locked Clarke’s account because it was “in violation of the Twitter Rules.” Twitter has come under fire previously for the way it handled similarly abusive tweets or accounts. In November 2016, around the same time that Twitter officials issued a statement prohibiting “violent threats, harassment, hateful conduct, and multiple account abuse,” the platform suspended white nationalist Richard Spencer’s account. Officials claimed that they had done so because Spencer had violated Twitter’s multiple accounts policy, according to the Washington Post

After Clarke was reported for his threatening tweets, Twitter placed his account in read-only mode, until he deleted the three questionable tweets. After he deleted the tweets, David Clarke was able to get his tweeting privileges back.

Sheriff David Clarke served as Milwaukee County sheriff from 2002 until August when he abruptly resigned to go to work for the pro-Trump super PAC America First Action as a spokesman and senior adviser. He has also created a new company called DAC Enterprises, based in Maryland.

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