Chicago announces dramatic changes to its policing policies

  • The Chicago Police Department on Wednesday announced major changes are on the way regarding the department’s use of deadly force, a tone being set by top cops across the U.S. from NY to LA.
  • Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson’s team told reporters his department’s 12,000 officers will undergo “rigorous” conflict de-escalation training set to be completed by the fall of 2017. 
  • The training will include computer orientation and a four-hour in-person session, followed by an eight-hour scenario-based course in 2018, according to the Washington Post.
  • Deadly force, including chokeholds and weapon strikes to the head as well as the use of firearms must be used “only as a last resort,” in accordance with the department’s new policy. Read more (5/18/17)

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