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Council proposals would ban Madison police from using tear gas

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Some members of the Madison Common Council have introduced proposals that would prevent police from using tear gas.

An ordinance drafted by alder Max Prestigiacomo would ban officers from the Madison Police Department from using tear gas, mace, pepper mace, pepper gas or projectile devices as crowd control measures. Any law enforcement officers who respond to a request for aid from the Madison Police Department would also be subject to the restrictions.

The ordinance will be formally introduced at the council's next meeting on July 14.

There is also a separate resolution that would ban tear gas. This measure comes from alders Patrick Heck, Shiva Bidar and Keith Furman.

It would prohibit the use and purchase of tear gas as of November 17, 2020 and require the police department to do a study on alternatives to tear gas.

The study would be due by October 20, 2020.

This resolution will also be formally introduced at the July 14 council meeting.

Once the ordinance and resolution are introduced, they will be passed to several city committees before coming back to the full council for a vote.

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