Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr. is an American hero, and he proved his status once again on a flight from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Charlotte, North Carolina. A “drunk and unruly passenger” began “harassing flight crew and intimidating passengers.” The sheriff became involved when he asked the airline crew “if everything was okay.” He also told the passenger to “chill out.”
Sheriff Clarke “advised a flight attendant to have an officer meet the flight on arrival.” The passenger resumed his “abusive and intimidating behavior” as the aircraft made his approach. “Sheriff Clarke again got out of his seat and approached the obnoxious passenger who tried to get up. Clarke ordered him to sit down and when he refused, Clarke shoved the unruly passenger face down and pinned him against the seat and held him there until the flight arrived at the gate. The sheriff watched the rest of the cabin, concerned that this may be a distraction for something else.”
Holding the passenger until the police officer boarded, Clarke then put handcuffs on the passenger and handed him over to the local authorities. The passenger yelled racial slurs at Sheriff Clarke. The sheriff’s greatest disappointment is that there was no federal air marshal on board.