Police watchdog criticizes Denver's proposed policy on force

Posted at 11:17 PM, Jan 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-26 01:17:16-05

DENVER (AP) -- Denver's police watchdog says he has identified several shortcomings in the police department's proposed use-of-force policy, including vague and poor definitions of what kind of force is allowed.

The Denver Post reports that independent monitor Nick Mitchell sent a letter to police Chief Robert White on Wednesday detailing his recommendations for the department's proposed policy.

Mitchell says the department should provide a clearer explanation of what it means by "reasonable and necessary" force in the new policy.

Mitchell also says the department didn't detail when and how Tasers can be used or how use of force will be reported and investigated.

Chief White issued a statement saying he's taking Mitchell's feedback and public input into consideration to work toward a policy that ensures the safety of the community.


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