There has been a feud between Sheriff David Clark and a man named Daniel Black. Now Sheriff Clarke to go on trial for calling him a “snowflake.” Seriously.
The feud between the two started when Black approached Clarke on an airplane and asked him if he was David Clarke. Clarke confirmed he is and then Black shook his head.
When the plane landed in Milwaukee, six Sheriff Deputies questioned Black. This resulted in Black filing a complaint with the county of Milwaukee. Then Black took it a step further and cried about it on Facebook. Clarke also took to Facebook to call the man a “snowflake.”
Now Clarke stands to go on trial for retaliating against this man on social media.
Per USA Today:
A federal judge Friday dismissed most of a civil-rights lawsuit against former Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. over an incident at Milwaukee’s airport last year.
But a claim that Clarke retaliated on Facebook for Daniel Black’s exercise of his First Amendment right to shake his head at Clarke survives, and is now set for trial Jan. 22.
Black later posted on social media about the incident and filed a complaint with the county. Clarke responded on social media by calling Black a “Snowflake.”
The next month, Black sued Clarke and the six deputies, claiming violations of his Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable seizure, retaliation for exercising his First Amendment rights by having him stopped at the airport and the subsequent mockery on Facebook, and his due process rights under the 14th Amendment. The suit also sought to have the county held liable for Clarke’s actions.
In Friday’s 27-page order, U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller granted summary judgment to Clarke on the Fourth and one of the First amendment claims, dismissed the 14th Amendment claim as “completely without merit” and dismissed the claim against the county and the six deputies, all originally identified as John Doe.
[…]But the judge said a jury should decide whether Clarke’s reaction on Facebook was the kind of threat or intimidation that amounted to retaliation against Black. One post read, “Cheer up, snowflake … if Sheriff Clarke were to really harass you, you wouldn’t be around to whine about it.”
Conservatives really get targeted on social media. Clarke’s Twitter account was recently temporarily banned for an “offensive tweet.”
And a Facebook post or tweet can now land us in jail. How scary is that?