South Bend Police propose changes to Use of Force policy

South Bend Police have made some revision to the proposed Use of Force Police policy. The revisions include clarifying the definitions of intentional aiming of a firearm and details the difference between aiming and pointing a weapon.

Aiming a firearm means there is intent to use force. Pointing is just in case a threat happens.

They have also added de-escalation tactics into the policy. It also states officers should not use tactics or methods they have not learned in training.

Finally, it explains deadly force should only be used in extreme circumstances.

The Board of Public Safety has not voted on the new recommendations yet.

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