Sheriff David Alexander Clarke Jr of Milwaukee, Wisconsin is known as the 64th Sheriff of Milwaukee County. But lately? We see his name in headlines shaming and bashing the #BlackLivesMatter movement, as well as our dear President Barack Obama. He even spoke at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, where he proudly labeled all of the recent police brutality and chaos in cities such as Ferguson and Baltimore, as a “collapse in social order.” What’s even worse? Clarke commends the infamous Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, stating that he is the “steadfast leader our nation need.” Now, I'm sure we can all agree to disagree with that meaningless statement.
On April 24th, 2016, an inmate at a jail run by Clarke was found dead in his cell 9 days after being arrested. This all becoming too common huh? A black person, arrested and booked, found dead in his/her cell days after the actual arresting? Yea, too common. Terrill Thomas is his name. 38 is his age. And his cause of death? "Profound dehydration." Hmm. Dehydration? Profound? Let's all remember what the definition of dehydration is:
Dehydration- A condition caused by the excessive loss of water from the body, which causes a rise in blood sodium levels.
Now that we're all aware of the definition, can we all agree to say that Thomas's death sounds a bit fishy? Every since the death of our fallen angel Sandra Bland on July 13th, 2015, headlines have been scorching with more and more inmates being found dead in jail cells, or in police custody in general. It's like it became a trend or something, right? Well, I don't believe in coincidences. You see, according to some inmates, Thomas was heard begging for water from his jail cell. Whether you're an inmate or not, why should he have to beg for water?
There's always something going on in the news regarding our black brothers and sisters, getting hurt, being shamed, and being victimized. Now, Clarke? Trump-lovin' supporter...oh, is he ready for his world to spiral down? Or at least he should be...black or not...sheriff or not. According to the Journal Sentinel, Thomas's water supply, specifically his faucet, was seen shut off...off for six days. But why? What could have been the point? Let's be real, there was no point. None! Nothing! Nada!
Let's just remember what's most important about this situation:
1. An inmate, Terrill Thomas, was found dead while incarcerated, 9 days after his arrest.
2. The cause of death was "profound dehydration."
3. Thomas's faucet water was reportedly shut off for at least 6 days straight.
4. The Milwaukee County Sheriff who runs the jail is an avid Trump-supporter, a public Black Lives Matter critic, and obviously an Obama HATER. Ha!
Stay woke! Regardless of his incarceration and why he was incarcerated, Terrill Thomas's life MATTERED!