New Orleans Police: New Use-Of-Force Polices To Take Effect

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Police Department has announced that a set of new use-of-force polices will soon take effect.

         The New Orleans Advocate’s Matt Sledge reports that a lieutenant from the department's internal watchdog agency made the announcement Wednesday. The new policies will take effect Aug. 9.

         Among other new rules, officers will have to write a report every time they draw their weapons in public view, even if they don't end up pulling the trigger.

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         Authorities say the policy changes have been approved by the U.S. Department of Justice but not yet released to the public.

         Department spokesman Tyler Gamble says more extensive use-of-force training will come after the new policies go into effect and that the full list will be released to the public only when they go into effect.

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