Presentation of the Commission’s Draft Use of Force Policy
Commissioners on the Use of Force Ad Hoc Committee will provide an overview of the revision project and walk the full Police Commission through a working draft, highlighting suggested edits, community input, and the Raheem survey.
Core Principles and Overall Mission First: The first section of the document is dedicated to important overarching concepts that must guide all decisions surrounding the use and evaluation of force, including the primary mission of protecting life, a commitment to de-escalation, a duty to intervene to stop excessive force, a commitment to medical aid, and a commitment to through and fair evaluation of force.
Specific Policy Direction Mandating De-Escalation: Sworn officers are required by the draft policy (in Section C) to utilize de-escalation tactics and techniques in order to educe the need for force, and de-escalation is tied specifically to the Department’s mission of preserving life and limiting reliance on the use of force.
Overarching, Easily Understood Concepts Applicable to All Force: Before getting into more specific rules and prohibitions, the draft policy sets forth (in Section D) general policy requirements that apply to all force, regardless of type or intensity. These include:
o Requirements that force be reasonable, necessary, and proportional;
o Prohibitions on unreasonable force;
o Requirements for identification and warnings prior to all use of force;
o Requirements to de-escalate force after force has been used; and
o Requirements to provide medical aid after force has been used.
Extensive Discussion of Levels of Resistance, Force, and Less-Lethal Force Options
Strict Necessity Requirements for Lethal Force in Line with AB 392
Prohibitions on Discharging Firearms at Moving Vehicles
Specific Rules on Preventing Positional Asphyxia: