LAPD adopts new policy: De-escalate first, shoot later
Original story at Mother Jones• 6 mentions • 6 months ago
Mother Jones 6 months ago
This is from the LA Times yesterday: The Los Angeles Police Commission voted Tuesday to require officers to try, whenever possible, to defuse tense encounters before firing their guns — a policy shift that marks a significant milestone in the board’s attempts to curb shootings by police. Wait. This is new? This hasn't always been LAPD policy? Apparently not, and apparently not much of anywhere else, either: As criticism of policing flared across the country, particularly after deadly shootings by officers, law enforcement agencies looked to de-escalation as a way to help restore public trust. Like the LAPD, other departments ...