L.A. Police Official Calls For Use Of Force Review


Los Angeles Police Commission President David Cunningham III wants a broad review of policies governing the use of force after an officer’s fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy in a stolen car, reports the Los Angeles Times. Today, the panel will consider a proposal to limit severely officers’ authority to shoot at moving vehicles. “I don’t want to stop at this one change. Now is the time to review all the use of force policies. I want a wholesale examination of the force policies,” Cunningham said. “We need to begin to rebuild trust with the community.”

The shooting of Devin Brown, an African American, by Officer Steve Garcia, a Latino, has fueled concerns among black leaders about police tactics. Cunningham supports Police Chief William Bratton’s proposal to bar officers from firing at moving or fleeing vehicles unless the people inside have weapons that threaten others.

Link: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-shooting15feb15,1,7970186.story?coll=la-headlines-california

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