Police Use Of Force Policies currently lack basic protections against police violence

These policies often fail to include common-sense limits on police use of force, including: 

  1. Failing to make life preservation the primary principle shaping police decisions about using force

  2. Failing to require officers to de-escalate situations, where possible, by communicating with subjects, maintaining distance, and otherwise eliminating the need to use force

  3. Allowing officers to choke or strangle civilians, in many cases where less lethal force could be used instead, resulting in the unnecessary death or serious injury of civilians

  4. Failing to require officers to intervene and stop excessive force used by other officers and report these incidents immediately to a supervisor

  5. Failing to develop a Force Continuum that limits the types of force and/or weapons that can be used to respond to specific types of resistance.

  6. Failing to require officers to exhaust all other reasonable means before resorting to deadly force.

  7. Failing to require officers to give a verbal warning, when possible, before shooting at a civilian.

  8. Failing to require officers to report each time they use force or threaten to use force against civilians