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More than 100 police agencies are pulling out of security agreements for the Democratic National Convention
John SextonPosted at 7:21 pm on July 28, 2020
It looks like the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee is going to have a hard time finding police officers to work the event. The Associated Press reports that more than 100 police agencies are pulling out of security agreements for the convention. Some are citing a recent order by the city’s police commission to end the use of tear gas for crowd control:
Yesterday the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel identified four Wisconsin police forces who were pulling out:
As mentioned above, the sudden shift is based upon a directive issued by the city’s Fire and Police Commission last Monday making specific demands on Chief Morales. There had been speculation that Morales was about to get fired and that could still happen if the Commission isn’t satisfied with his response.
Since the start of protests, Morales has had harsh things to say about the behavior of protesters. In early June he got visibly angry when describing treatment of police officers: “People are trying to kill police officers! We have officers that are being followed home. The Madison Sheriff had his house surrounded. Why are our families now being targeted?”
So you can probably see why protesters don’t like Chief Morales very much. In fact, what he described in June has been happening at his own home for the past week. Protesters have been showing up in the street in front of Morales house for what they call “protest parties.”
This behavior is especially worrisome to Morales because less than three years ago, a man shooting his gun sent bullets into his home while he and his family were sleeping:
I wonder if the police agencies that are pulling out of the DNC are doing so in part because of the way Chief Morales has been treated by the city. And more than that, I wonder if some of them are just fed up with the idea of participating in a party’s convention when the party itself seems to be pretty consistently siding with violent protesters over the police. They won’t say that directly because those aren’t grounds for backing out of a commitment, but I strongly suspect some of the officers just don’t want to be there.
In any case, the convention that was originally supposed to host 50,000 people has now been moved to a smaller venue across the street. Only about 300 people are scheduled to be there. The convention itself has been whittled down to 2 hours of TV for four consecutive nights, some of it pre-recorded. So they probably won’t need as many police as they planned for months ago.
Still, the Democrats are going to be in quite a mess if a mass of protesters show up and they don’t have enough police to handle it. Vandalism and violence outside could very quickly overwhelm coverage of the main event. I suspect far-left protesters are aware of that and may decide to seize the opportunity to make themselves the story.
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