A day after saying that a new policy on police shootings into moving vehicles would take up to 45 more days to complete, Police Chief William Bratton abruptly vowed to release it next week, the Los Angeles Times reports. His decision to move faster came as he and other officials struggled to respond to protests over the fatal shooting of Devin Brown, 13. Citing recent police incidents involving blacks, Councilman Bernard Parks, the former police chief who is running against Mayor James Hahn, said, “The community, unlike police, view these incidents collectively.
The Brown shooting could emerge as a political issue with the election for mayor four weeks away. The Times says Hahn is struggling to win support from black voters who backed his campaign heavily in 2001. Parks appears to have siphoned off much of that support. Bratton said that officers are being trained to use spike strips that puncture tires and immobilize fleeing vehicles as well as being taught to use their vehicles to contact fleeing vehicles to make them spin to a halt. Officers are allowed to use deadly force to protect themselves or others from the immediate threat of death or serious bodily injury.