Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney issued this statement today:
As the Sheriff of Dane County and as a Madison resident I feel it’s important to point out that should the Madison Common Council pass a misguided ordinance limiting the use of chemical and non-lethal impact munitions, the council will have tied the hands of Madison Police in the use of munitions that are part of a host of de-escalation alternatives to deadly force.
In my 41 years with the Sheriff’s Office and 14 as Dane County Sheriff I have seen and participated in a number of incidents where the deployment of less than lethal munitions resulted in the saving of a life and where without that tool deadly force would have been the only alternative.
I would ask that you and other alders think very hard and seek the insight of Acting Chief Wahl before rushing to pass a feel good ordinance that very well could tie the hands of your very highly trained, educated and competent police force.
The Executive Committee of the Common Council meets this afternoon (08-04-2020) to consider:
Prohibiting the use of tear gas as of November 17, 2020 and requests a study of alternatives by the Madison Police Department (MPD).
Prohibit MPD from using tear gas, mace and impact projectile devices immediately.