Policy Would Allow Cops To Shoot At Fleeing Cars
The Chicago Police Department is considering a major change in policy regarding the use of deadly force.
The department is looking at allowing police officers to fire their guns under circumstances where they previously could not.
The new policy, from police Supt. Jody Weis and confirmed by WBBM Newsradio 780 Wednesday morning, would allow police officers to shoot at fleeing vehicles if the driver or passengers are suspected of committing a felony.
Earlier today, a police spokesman told Newsradio 780 that the policy would take effect on Monday.
"Now officers will be able to fire upon the driver or passenger in a vehicle if that person is a forcible fleeing felon, someone who has committed a very serious offense resulting in bodily harm or has threatened to commit great bodily harm," Drew told Newsradio 780.
The old policy allowed officers only to shoot at vehicles that pose a threat to them or others, such as if the driver were trying to run down the officer.
Later Wednesday, the department issued a statement saying the plan was under review.
The department is "currently reviewing the existing order [to] provide officers with more clear direction. The review process is ongoing and will not be rushed."
Mike Krauser, WBBM 780
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