Milwaukee aldermen push to document whenever police pull out gun, taser or mace

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Miwaukee Alderman Khalif Rainey says the keeping data on whenever police pull out a gun, taser or mace could shine light on potentially bad practices.

“I would like to see what the frequency is of these activities," Rainey said. "I would like to see the location of where they’re occurring, and I also think it could highlight potential red flags."

Rainey said it would also deter police from pulling out weapons.

“There are harms one can do without doing any of the things that would trigger a use of force report,” Alderman Scott Spiker said.

If the full common council passes the measure, it would still ultimately be up to the Fire and Police Commission to decide if they want to change the policy.

“I don’t have a problem with us urging the Fire and Police Commission to look at it," Alderman Mark Borkowski said. "If they want to say yes, great. If they want to say no, que sera.”

The Milwaukee Police Department said if the FPC does take the issue up, they anticipate a more vigorous defense.

They think it will increase workload, and spread resources thin, for an issue they are already monitoring.

“It’s a significant administrative task for recording these documents," MPD Chief of Staff Nicholas DeSiato said. "We do have a number of fail safes for incidents that there may be dispute over the actions of our officers.”

Aldermen are also considering urging the FPC to double their recruitment efforts in the city’s minority neighborhoods, in an effort to make the department more representative of the community.

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