CHICAGO—The nation’s second biggest police department on Friday formally proposed new rules on when officers can use deadly force, the latest move by an embattled department under Justice Department investigation to bolster public trust.Among the changes in policy are new requirements that officers see an immediate threat before they shoot at a fleeing suspect. The policy changes also call for limiting Taser discharges to three during an incident and emphasizing that officers should try to use time and distance to their advantage before using deadly force. Current guidelines allow officers to shoot a fleeing suspect that an officer simply deems a threat.Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the draft policy is meant to put a “heavy emphasis on the sanctity of life.”The public, police officers and union officials now have a 45-day-period to offer comment on the policy changes, which are among the most significant introduced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration in the aftermath of the civil rights investigation launched late last year.Johnson said department brass—with the help of legal staff—will review the feedback before he issues his final policy recommendations by the end of the year. He added that the policy won’t go into effect until the entire 12,500-member force is trained.“You are witnessing transparency… Read full this story
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