Milwaukee County Sheriff Testifies During Lynch’s Confirmation Hearings

Clarke Asks DOJ To Hear All Sides When Considering Changes In Criminal Sentencing

Photo: Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-NC-SA).

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke testified to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C. on Thursday during the confirmation process for U.S attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch.

Clarke said he has good wishes for Lynch. However, he spent some time at the hearing asking that the Justice Department listen to all sides when considering changes in criminal sentencing and prison reform. Clarke said the views of crime victims should be given full weight.

“The recidivist nature will cause more minorities to be victimized by violence,” said Clarke. “Similar to what happened this past summer in Milwaukee to Sierra Guyton, a 10-year-old girl shot in the head and killed while on a school playground. The shooters were career criminals.”

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Clarke also called on Lynch to help rebuild trust between the Justice Department and local law enforcement.

Lynch is picking up some Republican endorsements on the Senate Judiciary Committee.