Credit: roland / photo on flickrSo Chicago’s police are a disaster and has been since forever, honestly. Even before the latest outrages—the brutal police killing of Laquan McDonald (and the city’s attempt to suppress video footage of it) and the accidental killing of a 55-year-old grandmother by police responding to a call over the holidays—the city had been paying out millions of dollars in settlements over claims of misconduct by police.
Some are calling for Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s resignation. He is declining and has been promising reform. Today we are going to be seeing what his idea of reform looks like.
And it looks like: more Tasers! Is this supposed to make people feel relieved? From CBS in Chicago:
Under the plan to be announced Wednesday afternoon at City Hall, the mayor will announce every officer responding to calls for service will be equipped with a Taser and trained to use it by June 1, 2016.
Currently, training in the use of Tasers is voluntary, and only about 20 percent of the force has been trained on how to use stun guns.
Besides adding new equipment, officers will be trained in a five-step de-escalation approach, to learn tactics on defusing hostile situations to figure out the best course of action, without the use of deadly force when possible. The new training begins next week.
“The policy changes center around de-escalation tactics to reduce the intensity of a conflict or a potentially violent situation at the earliest possible moment, emphasizing…