Madison originally pledged to provide 100 officers to Milwaukee for a 10-day convention before being shortened and postponed to August. MADISON (WKOW) — At least 100 law enforcement officers are withdrawing support for the Democratic National Convention, including three in Dane County. More than a hundred Wisconsin police officers pulled out of their security contracts with the National Democratic Convention ahead of their mostly virtual convention, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Monday. ”For security reasons and the safety of delegates and participants at the National Democratic Convention, the Milwaukee Police Department refuses to comment on the size of its response plan,” said a statement released Monday night. Morales said there is a way to use Wisconsin National Guard or federal funds to help with security efforts. He could not reveal how many officers he lost for security reasons, but says the reason authorities withdrew from the convention is related to the Fire Board and police guidelines given to him last week regarding crowd control. In particular, they are concerned about the directive to end the use of tear gas and large quantities of pepper spray. Morales did not say which agencies would not come or how many agents were still expected. The initial plan was to have 1,000 officials from external agencies available to assist with security. Morales said the use of the National Guard or the use of federal aid would be considered. MILWAUKEE – More than 100 law enforcement agencies are withdrawing from agreements to send personnel to bolster security at next month`s Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, in part because of concern over a recent order ordering city police to stop using tear gas to control crowds. The Milwaukee Police Department asked more than 1,000 law enforcement officials for security assistance at the Democratic National Convention. While the event at the Wisconsin Center will be reduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the loss of many of these officers will make things more complex for Milwaukee police.
Several other law enforcement agencies such as Fond du Lac, Greendale and West Allis have withdrawn from their agreements for the convention, which will be almost entirely virtual. The Wisconsin State Patrol continues to plan to provide security assistance within the DNC, as does the Rock County Sheriff`s Office. At least 100 law enforcement officers have withdrawn their agreements to send personnel to next month`s Democratic National Convention, some citing orders to the Milwaukee police chief to stop using tear gas and pepper spray during protests. Morales spoke to several media outlets on Tuesday and told at least one of them that more than 100 law enforcement agencies had pulled out of agreements with the city for security in Congress. In a letter sent to the U.S. Department of Justice two weeks ago, Milwaukee officials listed fewer than 60 partner agencies helping with the DNC`s security. More than 100 police departments are withdrawing from security agreements to send personnel to the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee next month over orders that would prevent officers from taking certain measures to control crowds during protests, Fox News has learned. ”I am very grateful to the police forces in Green Bay, West Bend and other communities in Wisconsin and the United States for not only strengthening their commitment to safety during the Democratic National Convention, but also respecting the moment our country is in when we jointly examine police-community relations,” he said.
Fond du Lac Police Chief William Lamb told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the deals were collapsing, saying he expected other state agencies to pull out as well. Lamb is president of the Wisconsin Police Executive Group, made up of police chiefs from cities with more than 20,000 residents. .