Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke was temporarily locked out of his Twitter account after a series of provocative tweets pointed at the media.
The Washington Examiner obtained a copy of an email from Twitter sent to a user who reported Sheriff Clarke for his tweet that said the media needs to “taste their own blood.” The tweet also included a violent photoshopped image of Clarke kicking CNN in the face.
The email, which was sent around 10 a.m. on Monday, read: “We have reviewed the account you reported and have locked it because we found it to be in violation of the Twitter Rules,” while linking to the rules section which prohibits users from sharing hateful imagery and content.
“If the account owner complies with our requested actions and stated policies, the account will be unlocked,” the email continued.
A spokesperson for Twitter confirmed with CNN that Clarke was temporarily blocked from tweeting. The cable news company further found that he was placed in read-only mode until he deleted three tweets Twitter found to be violent.
A spokesperson for Clarke told the Hollywood Reporter that while his account was locked, he was never forced to delete tweets. However, the reported tweet has disappeared from his account.
Clarke sent a series of inflammatory tweets aimed at the media over the weekend after multiple news organizations, including the Washington Examiner, published reports on a March FBI search warrant, which was made public last week, for the former sheriff’s emails as part of an investigation that closed in May.