Are Sheriff David Clarke's pins misleading people? | The Tylt
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke recently resigned, but he remains an ardent President Donald Trump supporter. The numerous pins he wears on his uniform are controversial. Some veterans accuse him of violating the Stolen Valor Act of 2013, which prohibits anyone from claiming military honors they didn't earn. Clarke never served in the military, and says his pins are simply pro-law enforcement. But others say he has no business dressing like a decorated military officer. What do you think?🎖️
Are Sheriff David Clarke's pins misleading people?
Some have taken to counting and ridiculing Clarke's pins and medals, likening them to the infamous "pieces of flair" required of Chotchkie's servers in the cult classic "Office Space."
But it turns out “stolen valor” is actually a serious offense. It’s a federal crime to fraudulently present oneself as the recipient of authentic military medals like a Silver Star, a Purple Heart or a Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and some veterans are outraged by how Clarke presents himself.
Clarke and his advocates point out he is not wearing military medals, and he insists he is not trying to pass himself off as a decorated military veteran. Retired Army sergeant John Lilyea told Snopes.com that he had no problem with Clarke's pins.
I don’t see anything wrong with what Sheriff Clarke is wearing. None of it is military-related.
I hate lib/dem. They have no clue about being a patriot. He wears pins that represent diff LE organizations.— Southern Guy (@duckhunt77) May 21, 2017
The Washington Post actually went through all of Clarke's pins and identified their symbols where possible. Some are anti-crime, and some are anti-abortion or pro-gun.
And some veterans, including Charles Clymer, are enraged by what they see as an act of deceit that cheapens real military service. They think Clarke is cosplaying as a general to benefit his image, which isn't just disrespectful—it's illegal.
But Snopes ruled that Clarke was not intentionally deceiving anyone with his pins. If he was wearing actual military medals, that would be a different story, but he's not.
It's not "stolen valor" — the notorious Milwaukee sheriff never claimed to have served in the military and says he wears a number of pins that have personal significance to him.