LA Police Commission to change shooting reviews
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Police Commission has voted to change the policy for reviewing police shootings to specifically examine what an officer was doing before pulling the trigger.
The civilian panel on Tuesday voted to add language to the LAPD's use-of-force policy to comply with language contained in a state Supreme Court decision last year.
The addition of a few words will call for examining whether decisions or actions by officers may have fueled confrontations that ended with the use of deadly force.
Currently the commission does examine such pre-use-of-force actions but usually considers them separately from the moment of shooting.
Commission Inspector General Alexander Bustamante says commission findings that officers made mistakes due to their pre-shooting conduct have been "extremely rare."