Chicago police’s new use of force guidelines.
On Sunday, Chicago police will impose new rules requiring them to interact with the public. The new rules follow high-profile police shootings.
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Earlier this year, the Chicago police department, in a stern justice department report, found that police officers were concerned about the use of force, often violating civil rights. The police have vowed to make major changes that will take effect tomorrow. NPR’s Cheryl Corley reports.
CHERYL CORLEY, wired: Chicago patrolmen and detectives, whether or not they wear uniforms, recently took part in the department’s last training course on the use of force. On the table is a blue worksheet for people to notice how the policy relates to different scenarios when watching the video that the real police encounter.
Unidentified policeman: give it up now. You will be shot. Put down the knife, jerry (ph).
Corley: in this video, police in fort Collins, Colorado, are talking to a man with a knife approaching them. To create the instantaneous decision-making needed for the streets, officers can fill out their worksheets in just a moment.
Unidentified person: list the three most important factors you observe.
Corley: Chicago deputy director Kevin navarro says the training is just the beginning.
Kevin navarro: I’ve been a Chicago police officer for a long time and I can tell you it’s immortal. This will provide training to trainers and give them confidence to take to the streets and react and act in the right way.
Coyle: in the city released a for a period of 16 years white police quinn shot black teenagers McDonald’s one long and one year after the video, policy adjustment is at the end of 2015 the justice department investigation and angry protests.
Unknown protector: 16 lenses and cover.
Unidentified protector: what?
: 16 lenses and a cover.
Marcus: so the most important thing is the sanctity of life.
Corley: officer markus said that the sanctity of life in any event applies to both the police and the civilian population. Gone – at least formally – is a so-called silent code. Officials will be asked to step in and report excessive use of force. The policy also highlights the strategy of demotion, noting that any use of force must be objective, reasonable and proportional. Lori Lightfoot is a civilian at the Chicago police department. She thinks the new policy represents a real change.
LORI LIGHTFOOT: does the daily interaction we see on the street really demonstrate the impact of all these participation and rewriting policies and training? But based on what I’ve seen so far, I’m optimistic.
Corley: university of Pittsburgh law professor David Harris studies the use of force by police and thinks Chicago’s new policy is groundbreaking. He says it provides officials with a more detailed standard.
David Harris: part of the policy strategy is to tell officials that it’s important. Look, we know what you’re dealing with. There is a way to solve this problem. We want to train you thoroughly and let you know your choices, not by force or anything.
Corey: unlike the Chicago police department, the federal police chief, who represents ordinary Chicago officials, disliked the new policy and filed a complaint. The local ACLU chapter goes further. Several groups, including the disabled, have filed lawsuits against the city. The Chicago police often overuse force and mishandle it, says Karen shelly.
KAREN SHELEY: we’ve had a problem with the Chicago police department for decades. Four hours of training is a positive step, but it is not enough to ensure cultural change. That’s what we need.
Corley: the Chicago police department says this and future training is designed to help create a cultural shift and provide a safer way for police and the public to interact. NPR news, Cheryl corley, Chicago.