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Milwaukee County sheriff gives himself a ticket

By Daniel Uria
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke became a national media star after he ran a radio ad in 2013 telling people to consider taking a course in how to use a firearm after budget cuts left fewer officers on duty. Photo courtesy Office of the Sheriff, Milwaukee County
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke became a national media star after he ran a radio ad in 2013 telling people to consider taking a course in how to use a firearm after budget cuts left fewer officers on duty. Photo courtesy Office of the Sheriff, Milwaukee County

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MILWAUKEE, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- The sheriff of Milwaukee County, David Clarke, issued himself a parking ticket after parking his squad car in a handicap spot during local Veterans Day festivities.

"I pulled up in front of the War Memorial, got out of my squad car and directed a Captain to move the vehicle and properly park it," Clarke wrote in a press release. "That order was not followed. When I came out of the Veterans Day event and noticed the vehicle still there and found out that my order was not followed, I ordered a county citation be written on the vehicle."

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Clarke went on to pay the $35 dollar fine and donated the additional city fee of $200 to a charity that works with the disabled.

He also ordered an investigation into why the car was not moved, but said he recognized his error in parking in the spot in the first place.

"The rules are the same for my squad as any car except in an emergency or official business but not in a handicap area," he wrote.

Milwaukee had a similar case in 2007 when Kewaskum Police Chief Richard Knoebel wrote himself a ticket for passing a school bus that had its lights flashing and its stop sign out.

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