Over 100 police agencies have backed out from going to Milwaukee’s Democratic National Convention after certain crowd control measures were banned. The convention is going to happen in August.
Over the last couple of months, the police department has come under heavy scrutiny for their use of violent force.
This news comes after Alfonso Morales, the Milwaukee police chief, directed the police officers to refrain from using pepper spray and tear gas.
The convention is supposed to take place from the 17th till 20th August. It is being speculated that Joe Biden will be named as the official presidential nominee for the Democratic Party. The event managers have put a restriction on the number of attendees and made the event mostly an online event.
William Lamb, Police Chief from Wisconsin, said that the department has decided to remove the use of pepper sprays as they contain chemical irritants.
He added that the use of such tools “severely compromise the safety of the public and also the safety of the law enforcement officers who would be assigned to protect the DNC.”
Police brutality has been a leading issue in the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement.