Police agencies pull out of DNC security, citing tear gas, pepper spray ban


“It is apparent there is a lack of commitment to provide the Milwaukee Police Department with the resources it needs to ensure the safety of peaceful protesters, attendees, citizens, and police personnel,” Chief Oliva wrote. “I can not send personnel if they are not properly equipped or will not be allowed to engage in appropriate actions which would ensure their safety.”

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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the chief said the agreement Franklin police had entered into had stipulated that officers would be given “sufficient resources to handle multiple unruly persons.” 

However, departments who had signed up could pull out of the deal if Milwaukee “fails to comply with or perform any material term, condition or obligation contained in the agreement.”

Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson and Greendale Police Chief Ryan Rosenow have both expressed similar concerns to those of Chief Oliva.

Milwaukee police have reportedly refused to comment on the matter because they said releasing staffing information could compromise operational security.