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FDL PD Won't Send Officers To DNC Convention

29-Jul-2020

Four Police departments, including Fond du Lac, have now informed the Milwaukee Police Department that they would no longer be sending officers to assist with the upcoming Democratic National Convention.


The Fond du Lac PD has joined with Franklin, Greendale, and West Allis PD’s who have announced their officers won’t join the more than 1,000 officers that were prepared to offer security to the convention, as a result of the Milwaukee PD’s decision to restrict the use of tear gas for crowd control. Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales said that neither tear gas nor pepper spray will be used to secure the convention, which will take place from Aug. 17-20.

In a press release, Fond du Lac Police Chief Bill Lamb said, "We regret having to do that. 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 expects more cities to drop out of the agreement in the coming weeks. Greendale Police Chief Ryan Rosenow said he was concerned that members of his department could be hurt if they were not allowed to use tear gas or pepper spray to clear crowds.

Comments 5
Anonymous commented on 29-Jul-2020 12:09 PM3 out of 5 stars
Good for them!
Anonymous commented on 29-Jul-2020 06:49 PM3 out of 5 stars
Well if it was a reasonable request why are over 100 departments backing out?

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Anonymous commented on 30-Jul-2020 07:22 AM3 out of 5 stars
Milwaukee is in charge. Tear gas is a little extreme. Really scaled back convention.
Anonymous commented on 30-Jul-2020 09:04 AM3 out of 5 stars
But even Milwaukee Police Chief in West Allis is reneging... Who is gonna provide security and what will they do if it gets out of hand? Deadly force? Other less lethal options are being removed.
We see what happens when Police "do nothing" when things escalate beyond peaceful protests.
AA commented on 31-Jul-2020 12:11 AM3 out of 5 stars
From Wikipedia: "Use of tear gas in warfare, as with all other chemical weapons, was prohibited by the Geneva Protocol of 1925: it prohibited the use of 'asphyxiating gas, or any other kind of gas, liquids, substances or similar materials,' a treaty that most states have signed."

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