Milwaukee FPC approves changes to police use of force procedures
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission (FPC) on Thursday, Dec. 10 approved updates to the Milwaukee Police Department's use of force procedures -- including a ban on chokeholds.
The changes come after months of discussions, debates and consideration to enact police reforms that are "consistent with our community's expectations," police said in a news release.
In addition to banning chokehold, changes include documenting de-escalation tactics and prohibiting shooting at a moving vehicle, except in life-preserving situations.
Thursday night's approved updates also include a ban on the use of Oleoresin Capsicum -- or pepper spray -- when responding to peaceful demonstrations. The FPC also approved procedure changes that require officers to render medical attention if someone asserts "I can't breathe" or a similar statement.
A use of force report must also be created whenever an officer points a firearm at a person.
According to MPD, the department's use of force policies are now consistent with the national "8 Can't Wait" campaign.
A full report of the approved procedure changes can be found online here.
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