The Los Angeles Police Commission approved a sweeping set of reforms Tuesday aimed at getting officers to hold their fire.
One of the reforms requires officers to exhaust all non-lethal means before shooting, and practice de-escalation during incidents. The department already teaches this in its academy for new recruits, but enacting it as policy means that officers could be disciplined for failing to see a reasonable alternative to shooting.
“The commission has become nothing more than a group of pandering apologists in support of misinformed professional protesters,” the union’s board of directors said in a statement. “These latest batch of proposals are more of the same, solutions in search of a problem.”
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