July 29, 2020

New IMPD Use Of Force Policy Adopted

FILE PHOTO: Doug Jaggers/WFYI

FILE PHOTO: Doug Jaggers/WFYI

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, IMPD, has announced the adoption of updated use of force policies. The move comes after recent protests over racial injustice.

The new policies place emphasis on de-escalation and less lethal methods. The new measures include requirements that officers attempt to de-escalate situations first. IMPD has also adopted a new use of deadly force standard similar to one used in California and will clearly outline rules for using less lethal force.

“The adoption of these new use of force standards is a substantial milestone, one that I hope demonstrates our commitment to building community trust and developing stronger neighborhood partnerships to address violent crime,” said IMPD Chief Randal Taylor in a press release. 

In addition officers will no longer use chokeholds or be allowed to shoot from or into moving vehicles. IMPD will also require officers to intervene when inappropriate force is being used.

IMPD says they worked with community partners to define the new policies.  A new Use of Force Review Board will eventually examine any incidents.


 

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