Man: Ex-Milwaukee sheriff's posts after run-in scared him

January 22, 2018 - 3:21 pm
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MILWAUKEE (AP) — A man who sued Milwaukee former sheriff after he was detained for shaking his head at the sheriff says he felt he "had a target" on him because of the lawman's taunting Facebook posts.

Daniel Black's lawsuit stems from an encounter he had last January with then-Sheriff David Clarke on a flight from Dallas to Milwaukee. The suit says Black asked Clarke if he was the county sheriff, and when Clarke said yes, Black shook his head disapprovingly.

Black tearfully testified Monday he began receiving hateful messages after Clarke called him a "snowflake" online.

Black's federal lawsuit alleges Clarke retaliated because Black complained to his office about the plane incident. Black argues Clarke stifled his free speech and he feared he would be harmed.

Clarke is not at the trial. His attorneys say Black did TV interviews after the encounter and didn't appear scared.

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