The Democratic National Convention, set for Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 17, has just lost the support of over 100 police agencies across the country that had agreed to provide security for the event.
According to The Daily Wire, these agencies are pulling out in direct reaction to the recent limitations placed on law enforcement during the course of their duties.
In many of the nation's most troubled cities, law enforcement officers have been prohibited from using less-lethal force, such as tear gas, pepper spray, and less-lethal munitions.
When confronted with violent situations, and while under fire by rioters with projectiles, molotov cocktails, and other weapons, police have been vilified for protecting property or themselves.
In Milwaukee, Police Chief Alfonso Morales was given the directive to ban both tear gas and pepper spray. This is similar to what happened in Seattle, where city council ordered a ban on these less-lethal munitions.
In that case, it spurred Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best to issue a letter to businesses and residents saying that police may be unable to respond to emergency calls or to help people.
The issuance of this order is at the root of why the more than 100 law enforcement agencies have since declined to keep the Democratic National Convention safe. It was reported by the AP that "Since the Milwaukee order was issued, more than 100 law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin and across the country decided against coming to Milwaukee."
It turns out that law enforcement officers are not prepared to enforce law and control crowds without the use of those tools that make it possible for them to do that.
Police Chief Daniel Thompson of Waukesha said that removing these tools from law enforcement "doesn't leave the officers much other than getting harmed or using deadly force and that's not goof for any officer or the public."
While these less-lethal munitions have been criminalized by city councils across the country, police are left with lethal means to protect civilians, control crowds, and vouchsafe property.
Less-lethal force is has been banned, yet no one is happy with police use of lethal force, either, which is why the less-lethal methods were implemented. Without either of these options, officers would be left unable to practice law enforcement, and therefore would not be able to secure the DNC.