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Over 100 Police Agencies Withdraw From Agreements to Guard Democratic National Convention

policeAt least 100 police agencies are pulling out of agreements to send personnel to next month’s Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Milwaukee, partly over concerns that officers will be unable to use tear gas to control crowds under a recent directive.

The law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin and across the country who are set to withdraw from the security agreements had previously said they will send officers to bolster security at the DNC, which will run from Aug. 17-20 at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee.

The move follows an order from the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission last week, which directed Chief Alfonso Morales to revise the police department procedures—including prohibiting the use of tear gas and pepper spray. The order threatens Morales’s termination if he fails to comply “fully and promptly.”

The order came amid intense scrutiny of police tactics at protests and riots in Portland, Oregon, and elsewhere in recent weeks, following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in late May.

Morales announced the news of the agencies’ withdrawal in an interview with WTMJ-TV, citing concerns over the order prohibiting the police use of pepper spray and tear gas at demonstrations. He didn’t elaborate on which law enforcement agencies plan to pull out.

The convention has been scaled down to a mostly virtual event due to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic, with 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.

The Epoch Times reached out to the Milwaukee police oversight commission, the Milwaukee Police Department, and the convention for comment, but did not immediately hear back.

Fond du Lac Police Chief William Lamb, who chairs the Wisconsin Police Executive Group, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he expects other Wisconsin police agencies to withdraw from the security agreements.

“We respect the Fire and Police Commission’s decision. But in this particular case, we strongly disagree with the actions they’ve taken,” Lamb said.

He said he was concerned that the safety of the public and police officers could be compromised.

“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,” he added.

Other police departments, such as the Madison Police Department which originally committed to providing 100 officers to Milwaukee, decided to pull out over CCP virus concerns.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the department notified Milwaukee early this month that “an accelerating COVID-19 pandemic coupled with ongoing protests in Madison” had strained its resources, making it impossible to commit resources to the convention.

Reprinted with Permission from - Epoch Times by - Isabel Van Brugen

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Paula Oas
10 months ago

What in the world do you mean by “CCP Virus concerns”? I’ve never heard anyone else refer to such a thing.

10 months ago

I support our law enforcement agencies and officers and don’t blame them for this decision. It is the only logical choice. Let the dems defend themselves. They are responsible for this hornet’s nest we are in. As others have already said, you reap what you sow in life. Time for a little pay-back.

10 months ago

I would like to see all the cops line up arm and arm and twirk to : Dropped a bomb on me.

10 months ago

LOL. Most Excellent.

A. R. Thebert
10 months ago

A. R. Thebert
10 months ago

James Prohaska
10 months ago

They should ask the Marxist organization – BLM – to protect them

10 months ago

With the BLM and Democrats ranting for defunding the police I would not send any law enforcement officers to provide security to any Democratic party function. You reap what you sow..

Edward Harold
10 months ago

They are very reasonable elections as well as reasonable protests to not only the equipment limitation but also defunding police programs. I’m sure the demos wouldn’t even consider hiring fully armed bodyguards to protect them. Sleep well demos.

10 months ago

Since there are only peaceful protestors there is really no need for any police at the convention , it will certainly be more peaceful than Seattle or Atlanta . I’m sure the delegates could protect themselves

10 months ago

I don’t blame the police one iota. The Dumbocrats have not only favored defunding and dismantling police forces, but they have said it’s perfectly alright for protesters to attack officers. Since the Dumbocrats think so little of police, let them defend themselves.

10 months ago

Go Blue. Dems reaped what they have sewn.

Gordon Brown
10 months ago

Let the Dumbocrat pols take their security forces away from their well furnished abodes
and use those people for their security at the convention.

Rita J.
10 months ago

I agree that the Democrats have made their own bed and should be forced to lie in it. The police need to protect themselves from harm and from prosecution for doing their jobs.

Last edited 10 months ago by Rita J.
Kathy Norwood
10 months ago

Well if course “They” want protection!

10 months ago

Just another reminder that it’s the Dems that support the Marxists/anarchists that want to turn this country upside down. I hope all Conservatives, Independents and any clear-thinking liberals (I’m sure there are still some of them out there who are embarrassed by what they’re seeing from their “party”) will show up in November and vote to keep the law and order President in charge, Because regardless of the fact that The President is sometimes rough around the edges, his policy decisions have been spot-on and we need him leading the country now more than ever. I don’t even want to think about what the alternative looks like.

Stan d. Upnow
10 months ago

Yes, yes, yes!! Finally, the police are pushing back against the Leftists who want to destroy them. Go ahead with your plans to abolish the police dept., you morons. I hope BLM/Antifa burn you & your shxxhole city to the ground! We won’t miss you.

M. Guy
10 months ago

After the thuggish members of the Antifa, BLM, and other Communist/Socialist sympathizers have burned, looted, and destroyed the property of innocent business owners in Milwaukee, will Pelosi, Shumer, Nadler, and AOC be there to award the criminal rioters well-deserved participation trophies? Thank you police officers of Wisconsin for standing up to the lunatics in the Democratic Party by refusing to protect those who despise you.

10 months ago

I just hope any private security they hire to replace the reduced police presence has to follow the same rules of no chemical crowd deterrents. The Democrats have wanted to disarm the citizens for years, and now the are going after the police forces ability to effectively defend the law abiding public. The writing is on the wall for promoting a chaotic society of lawlessness.

el Dorko
10 months ago

Looks like some chickens are coming home to roost. About time.

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