A Milwaukee man was arrested by Charlotte Mecklenburg police and charged with intoxicated and disruptive behavior Saturday after he allegedly berated Milwaukee County Sheriff and popular Republican speaker David A. Clarke Jr. throughout a two-hour flight from Milwaukee to Charlotte.
Clarke is a well known champion of conservative causes and was a speaker at this year’s Republican National Convention.
Flight passenger Preston Bluntson, 36, was arrested by police at around 7:10 p.m. Saturday. Both Bluntson and Clarke are African American, and Bluntson appeared appeared to be familiar with Clarke’s political affiliations and said the sheriff was “not one of us” as he continued his verbal assault on the plane.
At one point, Clarke approached him and asked him to settle down and when things did not get better, Clarke held him down when the flight landed as police took him into custody.