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Milwaukee Co. Sheriff being sued by Sgt. concerning overtime dispute

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MILWAUKEE, WI (WTAQ) - Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has been sued by one of his sergeants. Rich Graber said his constitutional rights were violated, and he claimed he was showered with profanity in a meeting about an overtime dispute and was later suspended. Graber filed his suit in federal court against Clarke and deputy sheriff’s inspector Edward Bailey. The dispute involved overtime Graber said was owed to deputies who guarded a downtown parking garage where a concrete panel fell and killed a 15-year-old boy in June of last year. In his suit, Graber said the sheriff repeatedly used expletives against him, and called him a “terrorist.” And Graber quoted Clarke as saying, “I have a dead child at the lakefront and you are questioning mandatory overtime.” Graber filed a complaint with the state over what he called a “counseling session” by the sheriff and Bailey – and he won the complaint recently. Also, Graber accused the sheriff of violating his free speech rights when Clarke suspended the sergeant for seven days for another incident. Clarke has not commented on the lawsuit.

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