A draft of a new Los Angeles Police Department policy would restrict when officers could fire at moving cars, says the Los Angeles Times. Police Chief William J. Bratton warned that the rules will not eliminate such incidents. Shootings of motorists by officers have come under renewed scrutiny since the death Sunday of a boy, 13, killed by an officer after a high-speed pursuit.
The policy change “is not going to be a cure-all. All of a sudden these incidents aren’t going to go away,” Bratton told the Times. “There will always be exigent circumstances where an officer will have to fire on a vehicle.” Bratton said the new policy would be presented Tuesday to the Police Commission. A draft obtained by the Times says officers would be prohibited from firing at moving or fleeing vehicles unless the people inside had weapons that threatened police or bystanders. The draft would allow police to shoot at vehicles in some cases – if doing so is the only way to save lives, for example.