FBI investigating death threat against Sheriff David Clarke

CREATED May 5, 2014

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MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke says he received an email threat on Saturday.  Clarke said in a statement the person used a racial slur and threatened his security.

He emailed Newsradio 620's Charlie Sykes adding the FBI is investigating the threat because the sender tried to conceal his or her identity by blocking the IP address.  Clarke argues this shows the person is serious, writing, "For me to not push back aggressively on this would be foolish. I don't play macho man with threats especially racially motivated ones.  I will not wait for some goof to act on their threats."
 
State Senator Alberta Darling knows all too well what it's like to be the target of a death threat.
 
"You can't take these threats as not being serious.  They have to be taken seriously, and Sheriff Clarke has to be protected," Darling said. 
 
Just one year ago, Mark Lovejoy was sentenced to 45 days in jail for threatening Clarke.  Darling argues the message needs to be sent that threats won't be tolerated.
 
"We should make every effort to make these people accountable for what they say."