Los Angeles, CA: What happens when police policy prohibits officers from using the “choke hold”, steel flashlights and are instructed NOT to chase fleeing gang members and criminals on foot without back-up. Watch this seven-minute Internet video preview of a Full Disclosure® two-part Special Series on “Politically Correct Police Tactics”. Six former and present Los Angeles Police officials explain the reasoning and impact on public safety, when LAPD officers and County Sheriffs are restricted from using aggressive tactics while attempting to detain violent or dangerous suspects. The program is moderated by Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton.
The following officials appeared in the preview and the series. Here is a sampling of comments on the topics below:
- Chief William McSweeney: describes how the LASD foot pursuit policy was developed for the sole purpose of assuring officer safety and acknowledges that a high number of patrol cars are manned by only one Deputy.
- Detective Roy Burns, LASD (ret): Says that Deputies cannot protect the public unless they are allowed to do their job
- Captain Ken Hillman, LAPD (ret): “It is not right that an officer should be disciplined for chasing a criminal on foot, when he is alone. The decision should be left to the officer and his or her training has taught them how to make that decision.
- Joe A. Gunn, former Executive Director Los Angeles Police Commission: After the “choke hold” was banned we predicted that would make the baton the next tactic of choice and then we had the Rodney King incident. If they could have used the “choke hold” that would not have happened.
- L.A. City Councilman Dennis Zine, LAPD (ret)(2002): Claimed that under the LAPD (Bernard Parks) administration there was an atmosphere where officers were demoralized to the point that they did not aggressively enforce the law. Now with the backing of Chief Bratton, they are once again going after gang members aggressively.
- Deputy Chief David Gascon (1996): Following the Rodney King incident said he was aware that officers use of the baton had decreased.