The Los Angeles Police Commission voted Tuesday to require officers to try, whenever possible, to defuse tense encounters before firing their guns.
Nice try commissioners…nice try.
They say it is a policy shift that marks a significant milestone in the board’s attempts to curb shootings by police.
We say, it’s a sham.
The new rules formally incorporate a decades-old concept called “de-escalation” into the Los Angeles Police Department’s policy outlining how and when officers can use deadly force. As a result, officers can now be judged specifically on whether they did all they could to reduce tensions before resorting to their firearms.
That’s nice, but in the end, nothing will change. The poor, the homeless, the mentally ill, and people of color will still be routinely hunted down and killed by brutal Police State thugs.
City and county leaders obviously approve of these brutal police killings…if they didn’t they’d take immediate steps to get killer cops off the streets and protect the community’s most vulnerable citizens.
That hasn’t happened. Enjoy your Police State.
Read the whole story in the LA Times