Sunday, October 04, 2015

NYPD reforms re use of force

According to the New York Times (NYT):
"For the first time in its modern history, the New York Police Department is establishing explicit guidelines — backed by a sweeping new tracking system — for using and documenting force.
Every police officer will have to detail virtually every instance when force is used not only in an arrest but also in other encounters with the public, including the sort of brief, violent detention and release that occurs routinely on the street and, in the case of the retired tennis star James Blake, is captured on video.
Officers, who have long been required to intervene when they see other officers using excessive force, will now face formal discipline, up to and including dismissal, not only if they fail to step in or report excessive force, but also if they also fail to seek medical assistance for someone who requests it."
Although it means more paper-work for officers, the ideas look good.  The key will be enforcement.  Further, reforms are often pushed when they are new, but then are gradually ignored. 

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