More than 100 Wisconsin law enforcement agencies have reneged on their security agreements with the Democratic National Committee in advance of the party’s convention in Milwaukee.
While generally in bad taste, the Democrats’ militant anti-police rhetoric and uncompromising demands would’ve left cops on their own and prevented law enforcement from utilizing effective crowd control techniques if protests turned into full-fledged riots.
The following police departments were recruited as part of an outside collection of law enforcement agencies to assist Milwaukee P.D. at the August 17-20 convention. We can confirm these few agencies abandoned ship after a civilian oversight commission demanded Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales severely restrict the use of tear gas and pepper spray.
Morales was threatened with termination if he didn’t comply.
(H/T Fox News)
Fond du Lac Police Department
Fond du Lac Police Chief William Lamb told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he regrets having to withdraw from the program. Still, he strongly disagrees with the oversight commission’s decision.
“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.
West Allis Police Department
Although only a few minutes from the convention center, West Allis P.D. will not provide their assistance. Deputy Chief Robert Fletcher echoed Lamb’s concerns for the safety of his officers.
Franklin Police Department
Franklin Police Chief Rick Oliva raised concerns in an open letter to his Milwaukee counterpart Morales.
“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 wrote.
Waukesha Police Department
Police Chief Daniel P. Thompson confirmed to Fox News that his department is consulting with the city attorney to withdraw from their contract.
The vast majority of Wisconsin law enforcement agencies have not announced whether they still intend to provide the Milwaukee Police Department with assistance. Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales knows but has not publicly disclosed that information.
We know that those who are righteously abandoning the upcoming DNC convention account for nearly 19% of all of Wisconsin’s law enforcement agencies.
Following this debacle, the City of Milwaukee is considering calling federal officers or activating the National Guard.