Reported By Ben Dutka | July 29, 2020
The much-anticipated Democrat National Convention in Milwaukee is only a few weeks away — but it already faces its first big hurdle. Many are still concerned about large gatherings as the coronavirus epidemic continues. But this time, Democrats aren’t facing a health concern … they’re facing a security concern.
Typically, these are well-protected events. Police and other law enforcement agencies contribute plenty of manpower to secure such conventions. However, it looks like the DNC is going to have to scramble to find protection now. As it turns out, they’ve lost what appears to be the bulk of their security in Wisconsin (via The Daily Wire):
More than 100 law enforcement agencies have reportedly pulled out of security agreements to send personnel to help with security at the Democratic National Convention next month in part because they are concerned about recent efforts to limit law enforcement’s use of tear gas and pepper spray in responding to violent riots.
Milwaukee Police Chief Alonso Morales said he was recently ordered to ban tear gas and pepper spray. Obviously, this move was in response to the nationwide criticism of police and law enforcement following the George Floyd incident.
But while most Democrats supported the idea, many police officials are now reluctant to send ill-equipped men out on the job. Said Franklin Police Chief Rick Oliva:
It is apparent there is a lack of commitment to provide the Milwaukee Police Department with the resources it needs to ensure the safety of peaceful protesters, attendees, citizens and police personnel.
I can not send personnel if they are not properly equipped or will not be allowed to engage in appropriate actions which would ensure their safety.
Oliva wasn’t the only one to voice his frustration.
Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson added that while he understands using pepper spray and other irritants is “serious,” taking it away puts officers directly in harm’s way. Thompson said without these tools, “that doesn’t leave officers much other than getting harmed or using deadly force.” And if something did happen at the convention, law enforcement is concerned: as they see it, how exactly can they serve and protect without some essential equipment?
The balance between diplomacy and force remains a hot topic of discussion for all political parties. But as for the DNC, will they simply forego having a significant police presence next month…?
- Over 100 police agencies have pulled out of protecting the Democrat National Convention in Milwaukee next month.
- The move is in response to a recent ban on tear gas and pepper spray.
- Police chiefs across the state believe this significantly hampers the ability to do their jobs, and puts officers in an extremely difficult position.
Source: The Daily Wire
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