Sheriff David Clarke responds to plagiarism allegations on Twitter


Sheriff David Clarke has been accused of plagiarizing parts of his master’s thesis, written while the Milwaukee County sheriff was at the Naval Postgraduate School in California.

The thesis, written for Clarke’s security studies master’s degree, was titled, “Making U.S. security and privacy rights compatible.” CNN’s KFile reported Saturday that there were 47 instances where Clark did not properly attribute a directly quoted source in the thesis.

According to the report, Clarke “lifts language from sources and credits them with a footnote, but does not indicate with quotation marks that he is taking the words verbatim.”

Standards at the Naval Postgraduate School dictate that if a student directly quotes a passage or source, that quote must be noted using quotation marks or, in the case of a long quote, with an indented paragraph.

The Naval Postgraduate School will be investigating the allegations. In the meantime, they’ve removed Clarke’s thesis from their website. A spokesman for the school, Lt. Cdr. Clint Phillips, says the removal is just procedural.

“Standard procedure to any formal accusation of plagiarism is to pull the student’s thesis, and perform an investigation into the validity of the claims,” Phillips said. He says that because rules change from year to year, a full investigation must take place to determine whether a violation occurred.

Clarke responded to the accusation of plagiarism with a tweet that read: “This @CNN hack @KFILE oppo research MO is to accuse plagiarism. I’m next. Did it to Rand Paul, Monica Crowley et al.”

Clarke is suggesting that the accusation against him is the general “mode of operation” for KFILE editor, Andrew Kaczynski. Kaczynski also alleged plagiarism by conservatives like Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Monica Crowley. Kaczynski’s reporting has not been proven false in those cases, and Monica Crowley declined a position in the Trump administration following his release on her.

Sheriff Clarke called Kaczynskihis a “political hack” and a “sleaze bag” in a second tweet on the subject Saturday. His tweet read: “Ample evidence of my previous tweet on @CNN political hack @KFILE. Guy is a sleaze bag. I’m on to him folks.”

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