Democrats who have been clamoring to defund authorities and”reimagine” the drive will soon receive a little taste of what they’re requesting, after scores of law enforcement agencies allegedly refused to safeguard their convention.
At least 100 law enforcement agencies around Wisconsin are allegedly canceling agreements to help provide security at the next month’s Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, raising concerns over whether forces will be adequate to take care of potential protests.
At issue is a new policy prohibiting Milwaukee authorities from using tear gas or pepper spray during protests, which was arranged last week amid heightened scrutiny of law enforcement tactics. Authorities have clashed with protesters across the nation in the past two months as several anti-racism demonstrations escalated into riots, such as looting and violence in Milwaukee.
Milwaukee police were counting on outside agencies to supply approximately 1,100 officers to help provide security during the convention, which starts on August 17.
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The convention was scaled down this year to have only about 300 individuals attend in person, such as presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden, due to concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic. President Donald Trump last week canceled the Republican National Convention that has been scheduled to be held next month in Jacksonville, citing climbing coronavirus cases in Florida.
But regardless of how few folks may be indoors in the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee, authorities are bracing for the possibility of big protests away from the venue.