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Chicago Police Ease Restrictions on Use of Force in Revised Policy

March 07, 2017  | 

Pulling back on proposed rule changes that upset some rank-and-file officers, police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has proposed a new use-of-force policy that is less restrictive than the one he floated five months ago.

A draft policy released in October drew complaints from both officers and police reform advocates. Some officers said the draft policy was too restrictive for cops making split-second decisions under pressure, while reform advocates said it didn't spell out clearly enough when police should and should not use force.

In a shift in tone and policy, the new draft proposal released Monday opens by proclaiming the department's commitment to officer safety while eliminating a provision saying cops must use only the least amount of force needed. The draft also softens the department's stance on officers using their new de-escalation training to defuse tense encounters, saying cops only have to try those tactics "when it is safe and feasible," the Chicago Tribune reports.

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Megan @ 3/7/2017 6:55 PM

Hey y'all. Anybody have a link that describes or discusses those original changes. I missed it somewhere along the way. Thanks.

army @ 3/8/2017 6:14 AM

Sounds good to me.

Joe Smith @ 3/11/2017 3:09 PM

Reform advocates believe a list should be put together by administration of the thousands of possible scenarios along with a required action for each scenario so officers can memorize the list and know exactly what action to take during every type of encounter. This way in their perfect world everything will go exactly according to plan and there will never be another problem on the street.

tedb @ 3/14/2017 12:37 PM

Gee...are the crooks going to be issued a copy of the manifesto as well? And will somebody be in charge of reading it to them?

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