Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke just accepted President Trump’s offer to be assistant secretary of Homeland Security. Almost simultaneously, California’s Naval Postgraduate School has pulled his plagiarized Master’s thesis from their website.
CNN published a report which clearly shows that Clarke plagiarized much of his work. The news agency provided a side-by-side comparison of segments from his thesis and the sources he stole entire paragraphs from during the process.
CNN’s KFile found that David Clarke lifted language from sources and credits them with a footnote, but does not indicate with quotation marks that he is taking the words verbatim.
In response to the fallout, the school was quick to pull his plagiarized work:
— Adam Steinbaugh (@adamsteinbaugh) May 20, 2017
The plagiarism policy posted on the Naval Postgraduate School’s website is very clear:
“A passage is quoted verbatim, it must be set off with quotation marks (or, if it is a longer passage, presented as indented text), and followed by a properly formulated citation. The length of the phrase does not matter. If someone else’s words are sufficiently significant to be worth quoting, then accurate quotation followed by a correct citation is essential, even if only a few words are involved.”
Clarke didn’t respond directly to CNN’s claims, instead, pulling a move from Donald Trump’s playbook by calling the author a “hack.”
Clarke is known for calling Black Lives Matter a “hate group” and has come under fire for his management of a Milwaukee County Jail where an inmate allegedly died after going a week without water.
The Huffington Post discovered that four people, including a newborn baby, died at the jail since April 2016.
“For a facility with a population cap of 960 that previously averaged a couple of deaths per year, the string of deaths is concerning,” HuffPo’s Ryan J.Reilly reported.
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