Police and Law Enforcement

Denver police making 'philosophical' changes to its use of force policy

Former police superintendent Garry McCarthy has been speaking out against the methods of the investigation

 

The Denver Police Department announced a series of changes to its use of force policy Wednesday, which it labeled as "philosophical."

The new policy outlines when it is acceptable for officers to use batons, chemical agents, stun guns and deadly force. 

The policy's stated goal is "force avoidance" and de-escalation is a core component. 

Police Chief Robert White said the emphasis is switching from considering whether the use of force is justifiable to whether it will result in the best outcome. 

In addition, there will be a series of community meetings where citizens can offer feedback on the policy plans. 

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