The original plan was to have 1,000 officers on hand from outside agencies to assist with security.
Police agencies began to back out of their security agreements after a civilian oversight commission ordered a change in the policies for the department and essentially ban tear gas and pepper spray use to subdue unruly crowds, according to a report from Wisconsin AM radio.
More than 100 police agencies back out of DNC security agreementshttps://t.co/55CfPWVuQf
— Jeffrey Lord (@realJeffreyLord) July 28, 2020
Due to fears about the spread of coronavirus, the convention in downtown Milwaukee, had already been scaled down to a mostly virtual event, with only about 300 people expected to attend in-person. However former Vice President Joe Biden has said he will be in Milwaukee to accept the official presidential nomination. Extra security was added as a precaution for the expected large protests in and around the venue, WTMJ reported.
The Democratic National Convention is expected to take place August 17-20 at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee.