The Chicago Police Department (CPD) on Tuesday announced a new step-by-step policy that prohibits officers from pursuing people under certain circumstances.
Under the new policy, Chicago authorities will no longer be able to chase people because they flee during conflicts or people who chase minor incidents, among other situations.
CPD Superintendent David Brown told a news conference on Tuesday that the new policy officer hopes for security and accountability, as well as improved trust between officers and the community.
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“It’s new to the Chicago Police Department. It’s not new to law enforcement. … It makes officers more secure,” he told reporters.
Step-by-step policies “keep officers safe” and limit the “physicality” between officers and criminals – especially armed criminals. It helps police departments “train officers” to be more secure when pursuing on foot, he said.
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Officers can pursue on foot when they feel the need to apprehend a criminal outweighs the risk of both the public and the authorities pursuing potential armed suspects. According to the new policy, law enforcement officials must have a valid reason for apprehending fugitive criminals.
“Because of the risks involved [f]oot [p]ursuits, the most appropriate strategic option for catching a fugitive safely will be different in each case, “the new policy states.
Authorities must establish a reasonable suspicion that a person has committed, is committing, or will commit a crime, or other crime that threatens public safety. Law enforcement members will be barred from pursuing more petty offenders under the new rules.
In addition, according to the draft policy, the CPD will review all foot work.
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“The safety of our community members and our officers is at the heart of this new policy pursuit,” the superintendent said in a statement. “We have collaborated with our authorities and our residents from outside to develop a strategy that involves all of us.”
The new policy comes after two fatal shootings last year between 22-year-old Anthony Alvarez and 13-year-old Adam Toldev, but Brown indicated at Tuesday’s press conference that the department has been looking for step-by-step policies for years. .
Both deaths, which were captured on body camera and surveillance footage, sparked protests in the United States, as well as Calls from Latino leaders For a stay on the police follow-up. Footage of the incident showed that both had been chased before the shooting and that the suspects had a handgun before the shooting.
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So far in 2022, 25 CPD officers have been shot or have been shot, Brown told reporters Tuesday.
Meanwhile, there has been a 22% year-over-year drop in shootings since last June, and a 21% year-over-year drop in homicides. In addition, the CPD has seized 2,600 illegal firearms in 2021.
Fox News David Arrow and the Associated Press contributed to this report.