Effort to reduce officer-involved shootings sparks LAPD debate

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A push for more restraint by the LAPD has raised concerns from the officers' union. (KABC)

A new debate over the Los Angeles Police Department's use-of-force policy has pitted the officers' union against civilian commissioners who are pushing for more restraint in critical situations.

The Police Commission has issued 12 recommendations that aim to reduce the number of people killed or hurt by LAPD officers. The plan calls for new officer training methods and additional discipline for officers who may be too quick on the draw.

"Adoption of these recommendations will further solidify the principles of de-escalation and minimal force into the department's DNA," said commission president Matt Johnson.

But the Los Angeles Police Protective League fears the new measures will leave officers second-guessing themselves in life-or-death situations.

Officer Jamie McBride with the LAPPL told the commission about one such situation he faced.

"He raised his gun, he fired and I was shot. During the next few seconds I was in a gun battle for my life," McBride said. "In incidents like this every second counts and hesitation will kill you."

The department and the union are going to further discuss potential changes to the policy and update the commission in 30 days.
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