Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis has issued a new deadly force police policy effective this weekend, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. Cops will be permitted to shoot at drivers or passengers in cases of suspected felons fleeing in motor vehicles.
Critics say the city’s liability could be astronomical. “Officers were allowed to use deadly force to prevent death or great bodily harm to themselves or another person, but it didn’t allow them to use force to apprehend a fleeing forcible felon,” said a source. “If confronted by an oncoming vehicle, officers were simply told to get out of the way, unless they were put in great danger.”