MPD releases video about department's use of chemical irritants as part of directive from FPC
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Milwaukee Police Department released some video and information about six instances in which the department said it used chemical irritants during civil unrest.
"Over the course of the past several months, there have been at least 100 protests that have occurred," Chief Alfonso Morales said in a video released by the police department, "There have been six instances when MPD has had to use a chemical agent like O.C. spray to disperse an unruly crowd."
The department needed to release the information Tuesday as part of a directive handed down by the Fire and Police Commission.
As part of the directive, Chief Morales needed to "provide a full, public, and accurate explanation of the use of tear gas and large volumes of oleoresin capsicum spray during peaceful civil disturbances and the situations that warrant those tactics" by August 4.
The directive also states "The Chief shall work with the Board of the Fire and Police Commission in amending the proper SOP(s) to discontinue the use of chemicals mentioned above."
In the video released Tuesday, the department shared information about incidents that happened on May 29th outside of District 5, May 30th outside of District 7, May 31st in front of District 5 , June 2 at 6th and McKinley, June 4 at District 5, and June 23 at 40th and Lloyd.