MILWAUKEE — More than 100 police agencies are withdrawing from agreements to send personnel to bolster security at next month’s Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, in part because they’re concerned about a recent directive ordering police in the city to stop using tear gas to control crowds.
A citizen oversight commission last week directed Milwaukee’s police chief to publicly account for why the department used tear gas during protests in late May and early June after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and to change Milwaukee’s police policies to ban the use of tear gas and pepper spray. The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission said in its order that Police Chief Alfonso Morales could be fired if he fails to comply.
That order came amid intense scrutiny of police tactics at protests in Portland, Oregon, and elsewhere.
My son reported that while on riot duty in San Francisco, they were not allowed to use tasers. In some big cities the police can’t use pepper spray or they can’t use tear gas canisters or flash bangs. There is no consistency between agencies. It all hinges on the bias of these non-sworn city council people who have no clue about police work.
I don’t wish anyone to be hurt because of this foolish micromanaging of police, but if innocent people get hurt because police were not allowed to use the non-lethal weapons…I hope a big fat lawsuit follows. The council people should be individually sued too, the current law prevents this, but that law needs to go!