Milwaukee: Police Pull Out of Guarding the The Democrat National Convention

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At least 100 police agencies from areas surrounding Milwaukee have withdrawn from agreements to send personnel to help guard the Democratic National Convention in August. The reason for this is that the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission ordered the police chief to stop using tear gas and pepper spray during demonstrations. The removal of the non-lethal tools leave the police with no choice but to use lethal force, and they are not willing to do that. President Trump canceled the large crowded Republican National Convention that was planned in Jacksonville, Florida over safety concerns over the coronavirus, but the GOP will hold technical aspects of the convention in Charlotte.- GEG

More than 100 police agencies are withdrawing from agreements to send personnel to bolster security at next month’s Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, in part because they’re 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.

That order came amid intense scrutiny of police tactics at protests in Portland, Oregon, and elsewhere.

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, scheduled for Aug. 17-Aug. 20 at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee, has been scaled down to a mostly virtual event, with only about 300 people expected to attend in-person. Most of the speeches will be delivered online from other locations, though former Vice President Joe Biden has said he will be in Milwaukee to accept the nomination. Despite the event’s smaller scale, police are preparing for potentially large protests in and around the venue.

A spokeswoman for the convention did not immediately return a message seeking comment Tuesday. The Milwaukee police oversight commission also did not return a message seeking comment.

Fond du Lac Police Chief William Lamb told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the agreements were collapsing, saying he expects other agencies in the state to also withdraw. Lamb chairs the Wisconsin Police Executive Group, which is made up of police chiefs from cities with populations of more than 20,000 people.

Lamb sent a letter to Milwaukee police on July 6 outlining his organization’s concerns about limiting the use of tear gas and pepper spray. West Allis police first sent a letter to Morales with concerns in mid-June after Milwaukee’s Common Council temporarily halted the purchase of those chemicals.

“Our concern is that in the event protests turn non-peaceful, such a policy would remove tools from officers that may otherwise be legal and justifiable to utilize in specific situations,” West Allis Deputy Chief Robert Fletcher told the Journal Sentinel in an email.

Waukesha’s police chief said he was consulting with the city attorney’s office on how to withdraw from the agreement, which had promised about two dozen Waukesha officers.

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1 year ago

Now it;s finally time for the international socialist party aka Democrats to feel the full fury of deep state agents posing as BLM/antifa street brawlers. Good luck getting out of that building in Milwaukee alive, kids!

Johnny Walker Read
Johnny Walker Read
1 year ago

Been through this in 68, ceptin’ this time might not be no cops. “Murka” moving onward and upward, or some might say backward and downward. You Marxist enjoy your day in the sun, and hope you don’t win. You might want to research the history of “revolutionaries” after they win the revolution.

Last edited 1 year ago by Johnny Walker Read
Boomer Lady
Boomer Lady
1 year ago

Telling any organization how to do their job, especially one that is responsible for protecting people, is stupid. Either hire them and expect them to be professionals, or hire some other group. I believe the police are a wiser choice than the National Guard who are used to more militaristic situations and will treat the assailants more harshly.

1 year ago

This convention will be a great show, especially when these leftist pukes start feeding on each other.