BRPD Chief to address public on building trust with department

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The Baton Rouge Police Department has brought about many policy changes in the last several years and insert efforts to become more transparent with the community, and those efforts will be talked about Tuesday.

Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul will address the public this afternoon to discuss building trust and legitimacy with the baton rouge police department.

This comes on the heels of several peaceful protests in the Greater Baton Rouge area following the death of George Floyd, but this isn’t the first time the department has attempted to address police reform.

In 2017, many changes were implemented including the use of body cameras as well as:

  • Officers are required to give a verbal warning, before using deadly force, except where there are exigent circumstances.
  • Officers are required to de-escalate situations, when possible, before using force. De-escalation strategies include disengagement, area containment, waiting out a subject, summoning reinforcements, calling in specialized units or employing other strategies.
  • Officers will not employ chokeholds or strangleholds, except in emergency circumstances where it is immediately necessary to use deadly force and the authorized weapons are inoperable, inaccessible or otherwise not available.
  • Officers are prohibited from discharging a firearm at a moving vehicle unless the vehicle or the persons within the vehicle pose an immediate deadly threat to others.
  • Officers will be required to intervene to prevent another officer from using excessive force and to immediately report when they observe the use of excessive force by another officer.

In February, Mayor-President Sharon Weston-Broome along with Chief Paul held police precinct tours to serve as an opportunity for people to share thoughts and concerns about public safety and police-relations.

Chief Paul will hold that press conference at 3:30 p.m.

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