Democratic Party officials said Wednesday they are aiming for a “safe and secure convention” next month’s national nomination in Milwaukee, Wis., After police agencies pulled the deals. security for the event.
“As plans evolve due to the ongoing pandemic, we will continue to work with local law enforcement officials, in coordination with the U.S. Secret Service, to ensure that the Convention National Democratic 2020 is a safe and secure event for Milwaukee residents and anyone involved with our convention, ”convention press secretary Tim Carroll told Fox News.
MORE THAN 100 POLICE AGENCIES BACK FROM DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION SECURITY
Carroll’s statement comes a day after more than 100 police agencies pulled security agreements to send staff to next month’s Democratic National Convention on orders to stop officers from using certain crowd control measures during potential protests.
Police departments were part of a collective of external agencies that were ready to send officers to secure the event, which will run from 17-20 August. The action comes after the Milwaukee Fire and Police Department ordered Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales to change the department’s policy to restrict the use of tear gas and pepper spray.
The civilian surveillance commission issued the directive last week in response to the use of tear gas on crowds during protests following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in custody. police in Minnesota. Floyd’s death in late May sparked protests and unrest in cities across the country. Demonstrations against police brutality towards minorities and systemic racism continue in some cities.
Western Allis Police Department officials in suburban Milwaukee told Fox6 News in Wisconsin that “It is our view that WAPD officers assisting with the DNC can be placed in a position where they can do not have the appropriate equipment to perform their duties and protect the public safely. “
They said they are no longer sending 10 officers to help secure the convention.
DEMOCRATS OBJECTIVE FOR 2 SEATS OF PROGRAMMING TIME FOR THE HEATED BACK CONVENTION
The convention, which will be held in downtown Wisconsin in central Milwaukee, has been scaled to a most virtual confab. While former Vice President Joe Biden will accept his presidential nomination in person on the final night of the convention, most of the events will be held online.
In the spring, as the coronavirus pandemic swept the nation and forced most Americans to shout at their homes, party officials pushed back the start of the convention from mid-July to 17 August. And last month the Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced that their konab will be conducted mostly online – with Democratic delegates and members of Congress taking part in the convention practically rather than in person. They also reduced their location from the inner arena of Milwaukee to the much smaller convention center.
Fox News “Louis Casiano contributed to this report