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Video: Denver Police Prohibited from Shooting at Cars

June 09, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Denver Police Prohibited from Shooting at Cars

Following reviews sparked by the fatal shooting of teenager Jessica Hernandez, the Denver Police Department is changing its policy about shooting at suspects in moving vehicles.

Hernandez was shot and killed in a moving vehicle in an alleyway near the intersection of 25th and Niagara on the early morning of January 26. Investigators said she was driving a stolen car toward two officers, who opened fire.

Following the shooting, the case was given to the Denver District Attorney's office to review the actions of the officers involved and the police department opened a review of its policy for shooting at vehicles.

Both of those reviews are now complete: Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey decided last week that the officers will not be charged and the police department has altered its rules for shooting at moving vehicles.

The police department's old rule would allow an officer to shoot at a moving vehicle if it posed a threat to themselves or another person and they have no other reasonable course of action.

The new policy states that "firearms shall not be discharged at a moving or fleeing vehicle unless deadly force is being used against the police officer or another person present by means other than a moving vehicle." In other words, there has to be another deadly weapon jeopardizing police officers or civilians besides the moving vehicle, ABC 7 reports.

Comments (8)

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cj @ 6/9/2015 1:48 PM

You have got to be f#[email protected]&g kidding me?!?! So that 3500 lb weapon is not threatening enough?!?! WOW

kevCopAz @ 6/9/2015 4:24 PM

This policy is nuts! Typical of the pot smoking fools up in Colorado! So if a person in his car begins to mow down folks intentionally and is in the process of running folks over (NOT using any other "weapon) then the police should stand by, guns holstered and wait till he runs out of gas? ASSININE!

CO @ 6/9/2015 4:59 PM

It's not worth being a cop anymore. I wonder what would happen if we just let the country go to $#!& Then what? Oh yea cops will be fired for not policing.

james blanco @ 6/9/2015 6:54 PM

This new policy is just going to encourage suspects to attempt to harm officers knowing they won't be subject to use of force. This is what hapens when policy is made by the court of public oponion.

Fed Cop @ 6/10/2015 6:33 AM

Here we go. The POS' will now just run over police because it's no longer considered a deadly weapon. So what's the charge going to be when the POS hits a cop? Misdemeanor careless operation? Cite and release with a $35 fine. Sorry officer about your broken legs, and punctured lung, it's not a deadly weapon.

Jeannie @ 6/10/2015 8:22 AM

I agree with CJ, an automobile, no matter how much it weighs, IS a lethal weapon if you are aiming to run someone down!! So she was shot WHILE DRIVING A STOLEN CAR toward the police. Were they supposed to just step out of the way and let her go? Boy that would make our insurance go up even higher than it is already! If they just "let them go" there will be a whole lot more "stolen cars" in the future!!

Jon Retired LEO @ 6/10/2015 1:11 PM

The politics just keep getting worse. The powers that be are more worried about what all the stupid general public thinks than the safety of their officers.

Jon Retired LEO @ 6/11/2015 1:58 PM

All I can say about this is that I feel very sorry for you the Officers of the Denver Police Department.

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