The Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved significant changes in the way the LAPD handles shootings by officers, directing the department to release information to the public more quickly and expand training designed to reduce the number of shootings.
The proposals came from two commissioners — Matt Johnson, the board’s president, and Sandra Figueroa-Villa — and stemmed from an extensive study of how other major departments deal with police shootings. The report, made public last week, found that some provide the public with more details faster and used more training based on real-world scenarios.
“The commission and the department are ultimately accountable to the public, and therefore, it is important that we are constantly self-critical so that we are always improving,” Figueroa-Villa said.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck signaled his support for the recommendations, but noted that the other agencies cited in the inspector general’s report operate under different state laws and union agreements — “not one size fits all,” he told reporters Tuesday.
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