LAPD revises use-of-force policy to reduce police shootings

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The Los Angeles Police Commission adopted a revised use-of-force policy Tuesday that calls on officers to avoid resorting to deadly force by de-escalating, or ramping down the tension in interactions with the public. The policy has the backing of the union representing the Los Angeles Police Department’s more than 8,000 rank-and-file officers. LAPD officials also said the department incorporated recommendations by the American Civil Liberties Union to emphasize de-escalation, but Commissioner Cynthia McClain-Hill questioned whether the added de-escalation concepts are laid out clearly enough in the policy.

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