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Controversial California UOF Legislation Hits Sudden, Unexpected Snag

The bill — which was authored by Assembly member Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) and Assembly member Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) — was referred by the Senate back to Senate Rules Committee on Thursday.

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Report: Ohio Consent Decree is Likely to Last More than Five Years

A report issued on Wednesday — which monitor Matthew Barge and his 17-member team puts out twice a year — said "the City and Division of Police having made notable and significant progress in a number of critical areas, including, first and foremost, with respect to use of force" but that "significant work undoubtedly remains."

Washington Department Set to Update its Use-of-Force Policy

Chief Craig Meidl said that most of the department is already using the proposed principles and tactics — including using time, distance, cover and de-escalation — but said that some officers who “could benefit from those being codified in an official policy.”

California Legislators Want to Require Police Shootings to be "Necessary," Not "Reasonable"

Under the legislation, officers would only be allowed to open fire if “there were no other reasonable alternatives to the use of deadly force."

San Francisco Police Commission Approves Restrictive Taser Policy

Officers are limited from using Tasers in special circumstances, including when a person is pregnant, elderly, frail, appears to be a child or when the officer has “credible information” the person is suffering from a serious medical or psychiatric condition.

CA Police Union Slams Vehicle Shooting Policy After Officer Run Over

The police officers union said the attack shows how the department's policy prohibiting officers from firing at moving vehicles puts its "officers' lives in danger." More Here.

Video: CA Police Union Slams Vehicle Shooting Policy After Officer Run Over

The police officers union said the attack shows how the department's policy prohibiting officers from firing at moving vehicles puts its "officers' lives in danger."

New Chicago PD Policy Discourages Using Tasers on People Who Flee

The Chicago Police Department has tightened its policy on Taser use, rewriting the rules to discourage officers from shocking people who are running away or otherwise vulnerable to injury.

Warning Shots Considered as De-Escalation Technique

A new policy endorsing the use of warning shots by police to de-escalate potentially deadly confrontations is driving a rift among some law enforcement leaders who believe the practice only heightens risk and should be abandoned. More Here.

Video: Warning Shots Considered as De-Escalation Technique

A new policy endorsing the use of warning shots by police to de-escalate potentially deadly confrontations is driving a rift among some law enforcement leaders who believe the practice only heightens risk and should be abandoned.