ORLANDO, Fla. — Hoping to deter officers from firing into moving vehicles, Orlando’s police chief has changed his department’s policy for when such shootings are allowed.
The Orlando Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2cDpfEm) reports the new policy says officers can’t fire at a moving car unless a person is threatening the officer with deadly force with a weapon other than the vehicle. The previous policy said officers could fire at the vehicle if he or she had “probable cause” to believe a suspect had a weapon.
The change was revealed after the department released data on Friday showing 15 of 47 Orlando police shootings since 2009 involved officers firing into moving vehicles.
In a June memo to officers, Chief John Mina said such shootings are often ineffective and can be dangerous to the officers and public.
Information from: Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com/