The AP reports that more than 100 police agencies have pulled out of a security agreement for the Democrat National Convention that is set for next month.
“concerned about a recent directive ordering police in the city to stop using tear gas to control crowds.
A citizen oversight commission last week directed Milwaukee’s police chief to publicly account for why the department used tear gas during protests in late May and early June after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and to change Milwaukee’s police policies to ban the use of tear gas and pepper spray. The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission said in its order that Police Chief Alfonso Morales could be fired if he fails to comply...
Since the Milwaukee order was issued, more than 100 law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin and across the country decided against coming to Milwaukee, Morales told WTMJ-TV on Tuesday. They were concerned with directives placed on the police department, including not allowing tear gas or pepper spray, he said.
Morales did not say which agencies would not be coming or how many officers were still expected. The original plan was to have 1,000 officers on hand from outside agencies to assist with security. Morales said utilizing the National Guard or enlisting federal assistance was under consideration."
The convention is set for August 17-20th in downtown Milwaukee.Most of it will be done virtually, however some 300 people are expected to attend in-person.
Biden says he will be in Milwaukee to accept the nomination.
Law enforcement have been reportedly preparing for large scale antifa/BLM “protests” around the convention.
Officials from several police departments in Wisconsin said they pulled out because of Milwaukee Police Department's decision to restrict the use of tear gas for crowd control.
"We regret having to do that. We respect the Fire and Police Commission's decision. But in this particular case, we strongly disagree with the actions they've taken. We believe in removing those tools, the use of chemical irritants or pepper spray, from the available resources that the law enforcement officers would have at their disposal if protests become non-peaceful would severely compromise the safety of the public and also the safety of the law enforcement officers who would be assigned to protect the DNC.”
Greendale, Wisconsin Police Chief Ryan Rosenow says he was concerned that members of his department could be hurt if they were not allowed to use tear gas or pepper spray to clear crowds.
"I understand that use of chemical irritants and pepper spray is serious, and those are to be used only when legally justified. But when you take that out of the continuum, that doesn’t leave the officers much other than getting harmed or using deadly force, and that’s not good for any officer or the public."
Chief Lamb says he expects more cities to drop out of the agreement in the coming weeks.