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Milwaukee Police Preparing For Unknowns At Democratic National Convention

Police Chief Says Authorities Won't Use Tear Gas For Any Protests

Fiserv Forum
Fans make their way to the Fiserv Forum before an NBA preseason basketball game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Chicago Bulls Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, in Milwaukee. Morry Gash/AP Photo

The Milwaukee Police Department doesn’t know how many people will show up for the scaled-back Democratic National Convention that begins in less than two weeks, but authorities are making preparations.

Police Chief Alfonso Morales said Tuesday at a Milwaukee Press Club event that he doesn’t know how many participants or protesters will attend.

Original estimates were for around 50,000 delegates and other attendees, but now only a few hundred are expected.

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The chief also said that the department is prepared to handle protests without using tear gas.

The chief was ordered by the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission last month to discontinue the use of pepper spray and tear gas.

The convention will be held in the Fiserv Forum in the city’s downtown.

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