Some of the largest law enforcement groups in the U.S. have also thrown their support behind Clarke. They include the Major Cities Chiefs Association, the National Association of Police Organizations, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and others.
Clarke, who was president of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, an advocacy group, is expected to play a pivotal role as the Justice Department focuses more on civil rights issues, criminal justice and policing policies in the wake of nationwide protests over the death of Black Americans at the hands of law enforcement. Attorney General Merrick Garland has also emphasized his commitment to combating racial discrimination in policing, saying at his confirmation hearing that America doesn't "yet have equal justice".
The endorsements from both the chiefs and some of America's biggest law enforcement organizations signal broad support for Clarke's nomination within the law enforcement community as a fierce and fair advocate committed to combating civil rights offenses.
"The past several years have shed light on just how important it is for law enforcement officers to develop trust within communities," reads the letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The police chiefs said Clarke had built a national reputation "as someone who is trustworthy and who fiercely defends and protects the most vulnerable crime victims in our communities."
"As a result, she is someone who will bring an enormous amount of credibility among community leaders to the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, read the letter.
"This credibility will be of paramount importance as she does some of the important work of building relationships with law enforcement leaders and seeking accountability where needed."
The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled Clarke's confirmation hearing for Wednesday.
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