Numerous Police Agencies Pull Out of Democratic Convention
Police, after learning that the Democratic Convention, going on in Milwaukee, WI this year will not allow police the ability to protect themselves and the convention with riot control methods have told the DNC they are no longer interested in serving to protect the event. At this point, over 100 agencies have dropped out; there may be more to follow.
It is hardly a surprise, with riots ongoing, tying the police’s hands, then telling them to do their job, but taking away their ability to do this, you are tying their hands behind them and telling them to figure it out.
The police departments were part of a collective of outside agencies poised to send officers to secure the event, which will run from Aug. 17-20 and where Joe Biden is expected to be named the party’s presidential nominee. The action comes after the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission directed Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales to change department policy to restrict the use of tear gas and pepper spray.
The civilian oversight commission issued the directive last week in response to the use of tear gas on crowds during protests following the death of George Floyd. The event, which will be held at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee, has been scaled down to a mostly virtual event.
The convention is slated to run Aug. 17 through Aug. 20.
The convention has been scaled down to a mostly virtual event because of the coronavirus pandemic, with about 300 people expected to attend in-person. But police are still preparing for the possibility of massive protests.
The mass withdrawal occurred after the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission ordered Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales to discontinue the use of tear gas and pepper spray for crowd control, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
Convention host cities typically recruit assistance for the massive event from other law enforcement agencies in their state, and the upcoming convention in Milwaukee was no different.
Speaking with WTMJ-TV, Morales did not say which agencies were pulling out or how officers were still expected. The original plan was to have at least 1,000 officers from outside agencies. Making use of the National Guard or federal assistance was being considered, Morales said.
In Wisconsin, Fond du Lac Police Chief William Lamb told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he expected more agencies from the state to withdraw from the program.
“We regret having to do that,” Lamb said. “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,” he added.
The claim of being the party of law and order is no longer even being attempted by the Democrats; they are now are doing everything they can to cut off the police and their ability to perform what they are there to do.