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File #: 2020-0571   
Type: Informational Report Status: Filed
File created: 8/14/2020 In control: Board of Directors - Regular Board Meeting
On agenda: 9/24/2020 Final action: 9/24/2020
Title: RECEIVE AND FILE on 'Use of Force' polices followed by Metro policing contractors and employees.
Sponsors: Board of Directors - Regular Board Meeting
Indexes: Contractors, Customer service, Demand, Hilda Solis, Homeless Outreach, Informational Report, James Butts, Janice Hahn, Law enforcement, Long Beach Police Department, Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Sheriffs Department, Outreach, Partnerships, Police, Race, Safety, Safety and security, Security, Subcontractors, Threats, Transit safety
Attachments: 1. Attachment A - Campaign Zero Eight ‘Use of Force’ Policies Matrix, 2. Presentation
Related files: 2020-0419, 2020-0714
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OPERATIONS, SAFETY, AND CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE COMMITTEE
SEPTEMBER 17, 2020

Subject
SUBJECT: REPORT BACK ON USE OF FORCE POLICIES

Action
ACTION: RECEIVE AND FILE

Heading
RECOMMENDATION

Title
RECEIVE AND FILE on 'Use of Force' polices followed by Metro policing contractors and employees.

Issue
ISSUE

At the June 2020 Regular Board meeting, Board Directors Hahn, Solis, and Butts filed motion #35, requesting System Security and Law Enforcement (SSLE), the Executive Officer for Equity and Race, and the Office of Civil Rights, to report back in 90 days with a review of the use of force policies (Part A) and recommendations on how to further reform policing (Part B) at Metro and reallocate resources for homelessness outreach and services (Part C).

Background
BACKGROUND

On May 25, George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer during his arrest. That tragedy sparked nationwide demands to reform policing and calls for alternative methods to address public safety issues and non-violent crimes. The organization "Campaign Zero" has identified eight 'Use of Force' policies that have been shown to reduce the number of officer-involved killings. These policy reforms include:

1) Requiring officers to de-escalate situations, when possible, before using force
2) Using a Force Continuum or Matrix that defines and limits the types of force that can be used to respond to specific types of resistance
3) Restricting, or prohibiting, the use of chokeholds, strangleholds, and carotid restraints
4) Requiring officers to give a verbal warning before using deadly force
5) Prohibiting officers from shooting at people in moving vehicles unless the person poses a deadly threat
6) Requiring officers to exhaust all other reasonable alternatives before resorting to using deadly force
7) Requiring officers to intervene to stop another officer from using excessive force
8) Requiring comprehensive reporting that includes both uses of force and threats of...

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