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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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J Bob Vinson
1 month ago

Well duhhh!!!! The Democrats want to defund the police so let the Democrats defend themselves!!! I wouldn’t send my officers into such a horrible scene. And if I was an insuring company I would cancel all insurance policies in the whole state immediately!!!

Wayne Peterkin
1 month ago

No one should blame the cops for this. I sure don’t. The stinking Democrats who have been supporting the criminals all along are trying to handcuff the police and prevent them from doing the job which also happens to put the cops at higher risk. As far as I’m concerned the Democrats deserve no protection and can suffer the result.

SusanC
1 month ago

Well, why shouldn’t these idiots (DNC) have to suffer the consequences of their own moronic policies. I hope all police departments take a proverbial knee on this.

Stan
1 month ago

Good, let them hire Marxist Antifa, their preferred militant arm of Democrat party.

Johnnie Mc
1 month ago

Our law enforcement officers are getting hurt, maimed and killed! They should be able to defend themselves and innocent people, so I don’t blame any of them for not participating at the Democrat Convention.
 

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Art A
1 month ago

Milwaukee translated means “3rd rate outhouse” in some obscure native American language. Under the current conditions there,I am not sure you could pay anyone enough to protect the Demonrats. Let that huge crowd of 300 hire some socially acceptable community patrols to handle the action. GOOD LUCK.

Becky S
1 month ago

I hope NO law-enforcement, Republican, Conservative or other Right-thinking person or group shows up at the DNC, so the Antifa and other Dem-stooge groups have no one but themselves to fight with and throw things at. Let the world see what they do when no one else shows up to their “demonstration/protest” party. What would they be protesting at their own leadership’s gathering, anyway? The SANE people of Milwaukee (and everywhere else) need to hunker-down in their homes and businesses (with plenty of guns & ammo for self-defense), and stay put, out of sight, until the whole thing is over.… Read more »

aluminum head
1 month ago

Remember the old adage ? You reap what you sow. I’m just waiting for Jo(k)e Bye-then to blather in coherently at the debates.
Jo(k)e thinks that the debates are what you need to “catch de fish.” OK. I’m all done here.

Roy Earl Dixon
1 month ago

Long past due.

Stephen Russell
1 month ago

Dems reap what U sow, no to police defensive measure, YOU Guard your event, use your own guards OK
Have Fun, send the police to the RNC since we can use backup forces anyway.
Or go on strike in Milwaukee

Brendan Bierch
1 month ago

Hope the Milwaukee Democrat SWAT (Social Workers and Therapists) team is ready to answer the call when the “protesters” who will show up start to riot.

carol
1 month ago

I don’t blame any police organization for pulling out. Democrats have no gratitude for the police and the hard position their jobs put them in! Why should they risk their lives for folks who don’t care about them and their lives?

Geneva Runyon
1 month ago

What? Democrats don’t need security! No police for them because there will be no protests at Democratic convention. Only peaceful activists sitting quietly braiding hair and knitting caps. They will sing songs of a peaceful world with none of those fascists, racist conservatives to bother them. All those kind of bad people will be off at their jobs, too busy to cause anarchy. No need for those bad policemen at the Democratic Convention.

Press ONE for English
1 month ago

Good news! But not anything earth shattering. I’m sure the lefties don’t care because they will likely have their own goon squad of ANTIFA thugs, armed with automatic weapons, to keep the hordes of “right wing extremists” in check. It’s good that the cops are wising up. This is an ideal situation for them, something completely optional that can easily be opted out of. I just feel sorry for the people of Milwaukee, for having this mess thrust upon them. But the lefties p[icked Milwaukee for some reason, likely they see welcoming locals there. If that is the case then… Read more »

R J B
1 month ago

AT SOME POINT IN TIME IT WILL BE EQUAL JUSTICE TO START BURNING AND KILLING THESE DEMOCRAT MAYORS AND ANY ELECTED SOCIALIST SO THE REAP WHAT THEY SOW IN THEIR FIELD OF HATE AMERICA. WHAT IS GOOD FOR THE GOOSE IS GOOD FOR THE GANDER. NOVEMBER THE FIRE WORKS WILL START. DEMOCRAT MARTIAL LAW OR REPUBLICAN MARTIAL LAW. AMERICA WILL GET A REAL LOOK AT WAR NOT OF JUST WORDS. BETTER GET PREPARED THE DEMOCRATS ARE ON THE BATTLE FIELD IE PORTLAND, CHICAGO, WASHINGTON , CALIFORNIA, NEW YORK, TIME TO SHOW DEMOCRATS JUST HOW SHERMAN A REPUBLICAN CAN BE. NUMBER… Read more »

Diana Bloomquist
1 month ago

It’s the right thing to do! The dems don’t really want the police presence anyway, right? Let them police themselves -we all see how well that is going!

BobR
1 month ago

I would doubt if any Conservatives would be doing ANY ‘Peaceful Protesting’ at the Dem ‘clambake’.

Karen
1 month ago

You could look at this as the DNC getting what it deserves, or part of the agenda to keep Biden from having to come out of his basement. That’s the goal after all. To keep him sheltered so he doesn’t have to debate Trump, and they can mess with the election. God help us.

Jimpro27
1 month ago

Let the DEMS hire their thugs (BLM, Antifa, etc.) to protect them from themselves – Chew on that for awhile.

Sharon Jorve
1 month ago

Maybe Antifa could guard the convention?

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