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Posted on: December 15, 2023

ELIPOC Issues Recommendations Regarding Use of Force in Policing

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EAST LANSING, Mich. — At its Dec. 6 meeting, the East Lansing Independent Police Oversight Commission (ELIPOC) issued recommendations for changes to the East Lansing Police Department’s use of force/response to resistance policy. 

“The commission encourages the department to manage its operations and train its officers to use the minimum degree of force necessary to enforce the law and to avoid the use of force altogether when possible,” said ELIPOC Commission Vice Chair Chris Root.

ELIPOC drew recommendations from the American Law Institute’s Principles on the Use of Force; the Berkeley, Calif. police department’s policies; and model policies published by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Among ELIPOC’s recommendations were the following:

  • Chokeholds should be prohibited.
  • Officers should be required to intervene if they see fellow officers using force improperly.
  • Officers should document each incident when they use force, on the same day as the incident.  The department should review past incidents with a view to preventing the need for force in future incidents.

The commission developed its recommendations after an officer-involved shooting in April 2022. To read all 25 recommendations, visit https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/2284/Resources-Recommendations.

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