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Milwaukee alder compares police dogs to ‘Nazi Germany’ canines

Empower Wisconsin | Oct. 23, 2020

Another day, another outlandish assertion from the left. 

Milwaukee Ald. Khalif Rainey, in a bid to defund the Milwaukee Police Department’s K-9 unit, is comparing the crime-fighting dogs to the canines used in Nazi Germany. 

It’s another attempt by the radical left to equate cops with Nazis in their pursuit of defunding police. 

Milwaukee’s Public Health and Safety Committee on Thursday took up a resolution urging the Milwaukee Police and Fire Commission to “disallow the use of canines by Milwaukee Police as a use of force.” 

Rainey, who sponsored the proposal, says non-white suspects constitute the largest number of injuries resulting from dog bites, “and the history of canines being used against people of color gives ample reasoning to amend the MPD’s Standard Operating Procedure.” 

“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,” the council member said in a press release. 

And then he attempts to tie police use of canines in investigations and arrests to the “200,000 attack” dogs used by Nazi Germany on the battlefield and in their camps. 

“(A)nd they were used to brutally attack and maim any enemies of the Nazi party, and untold numbers of Jews were viciously killed at the hands of these attack dogs,” Rainey said. “Nazis took pleasure in letting the dogs do their work in such a vicious manner that is almost too gruesome to even contemplate.”

Dale Bormann, Jr., president of the Milwaukee Police Association, said the comparison is uncalled for. 

“For you to compare the Milwaukee K-9 unit to ‘Nazi Germany,’ it either shows your complete lack of respect for the Jewish community or your ignorance of history,” Bormann said in a response to Rainey’s characterizations. 

“It also proves Alderman Rainey’s ignorance and discrimination against the K-9 unit and the police department, as a whole,” the union chief added. 

MPD’s canines, he said, have saved the lives of many citizens and officers. While other area police departments are holding fundraisers for their K-9 units, Milwaukee is “looking to destroy” theirs, Bormann said. 

Acting Milwaukee Police Chief Michael Brunson on Thursday told health committee members that two suspects have been bitten over the last two years. The canines, he said, are only deployed in felony-related cases and misdemeanors involving weapons. 

“You and your fellow alderpersons should be ashamed of yourselves by using the word ‘Nazi Germany’ and comparing them to police officers,” Bormann said in the press release, adding that the police association demands an apology. 

He got no apology. The committee adopted the resolution 3-2. 

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