New proposal urges FPC to discontinue Milwaukee police K9s as use of force

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A new proposal in the city of Milwaukee questions the use of police canines.

Alderman Khalif Rainey says police should not be allowed to use dogs as a use of force.

Rainey says non-white suspects have the largest number of injuries from K-9 officers.

“This legislation would change a policy that is both demeaning and dangerous to the citizens of Milwaukee,” Alderman Rainey said. “It has long been true that canines are used disproportionally on people of color, and it is necessary for us to take action to prevent anyone from being the victim of vicious canine attacks going forward.”

Cosponsors of the file are Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton and Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs.

The Public Health and Safety Committee will take up the legislation at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22.

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