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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

 9:50 AM 

Clarke: 'I'm here for crowd control'

Sheriff David Clarke said this morning his agency would provide security at the recount of Milwaukee County votes in the Supreme Court race to ensure nothing got out of hand.

Citing the protests in Madison earlier this year, Clarke said things have a tendency to get out of hand, but he will not let that happen. He said he was invited to provide security by one city official he did not name and by the county Election Commission.

“I’m here for crowd control,” he said.

Workers and observers were still gathering shortly after 9 a.m. today, and there were no signs of protests outside the county sports complex, where the recount will be held.

Clarke said his department would also provide security for ballots overnight and would scale back its presence if the crowds turn out to be light.

-- By Jim Cryns

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