Oakland Police Alter Crowd-Control Policy

The Oakland Police Department will implement "major reforms" in crowd-control tactics, as a result of Occupy protests that resulted in injuries and widespread use of tear gas last fall triggered hundreds of abuse complaints.

The Oakland Police Department will implement "major reforms" in crowd-control tactics, as a result of Occupy protests that resulted in injuries and widespread use of tear gas last fall triggered hundreds of abuse complaints, Chief Howard Jordan announced Monday.

The department agreed to improve crowd-control training, use small groups of officers to isolate troublemakers, and give clearer dispersal orders before arresting protesters, Jordan said.

Department monitors will soon release a report on the department's handling of Occupy protests, reports the Los Angeles Times.

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