Concerns over HPD Use of Force Policy Change Prompts Chief to Act

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HOUSTON -- Given national events of the last year, it's understandable that the Houston Police Department is buttoning up some of its policies. But one recent procedural change is sounding alarm.

Chief Charles McClelland released a statement saying "Effective immediately, officers shall not discharge a firearm or soft-impact weapon at a moving vehicle unless a person in the vehicle is immediately threatening the officer or other person with serious bodily injury or death by means other than the vehicle itself."

In other words, a cop can't fire at a suspect who's in a car trying to run him or her over.

HPD President Ray Hunt says the chief has taken concerned officers' feedback and has admitted that his intention wasn't accurately reflected in the new policy. With that, Hunt says McClelland is revising the policy to allow for deadly force in extreme circumstances.


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