From Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr.
Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. issued the following response to an article that appeared in a local newspaper. He defended the work of one of his best and most assertive officers whose credibility was questioned regarding a case involving a career criminal who was arrested, charged and convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm. This is a crime that carries up to a maximum of 10 years in prison. The defendant received an 8-month stay in the House of Correction.
Chief Judge Kremers and Judge Rebecca Dallet seem to forget that convicted felon Catrell Cloyd was on trial, not the deputy. Kremers brought Deputy Chang’s credibility into account without the officer being given an opportunity to defend himself on the witness stand. Our system of justice is predicated on people being able to defend themselves, yet when it’s a cop, who I believe has been unjustly maligned, he gets no due process. This is something I’ve seen played out in every one of my 33 years in law enforcement and it makes street cops sick. There is an opportunity for witnesses to have their testimony impeached at trial and that didn’t happen here. The criminal gets leniency and the officer walks away with his credibility in tatters. .….MORE