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Friday, February 18, 2005

LA Police Change Shooting Policy

On February 16, the LA Police Commission approved a revised policy as to when officers may shoot at moving vehicles.  The revision was approved only 10 days after an LA police officer fired 10 shots and killed a 13 year-old boy, Devin Brown, who backed a stolen vehicle into a police car and led police on a chase.  Although the policy was already under way for a year when Brown was killed, his death hastened the revision and approval process.  The new policy limits officers so that they cannot shoot at moving vehicles unless someone is threatened with a deadly force other than the vehicle itself.  In recent years, Boston, Cincinnati, and Detroit adopted similar policies, while New York City has followed an identical policy since 1972.  More... [Mark Godsey]

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