What Could Go Wrong? Police Pushing To Bring Back “Warning Shots”

Thursday, March 30, 2017
By Paul Martin

By John Vibes
March 30, 2017

The International Association of Chiefs of Police and 10 other law enforcement groups have put forward a proposal which includes new directives on the use of force. One disturbing aspect of this new directive is a renewed call to allow police to fire warning shots while pursuing suspects.

The new proposal is highly controversial, even among police officers.

Lou Hayes Jr., a police officer and representative of the Virtus Group, told NPR, “The idea of warning shots has been prohibited for decades in policing. And to now open the door up again is pretty eye-opening.”

Warning shots were used by police in the US until the 1960’s and 70’s when concerns about stray bullets and accidental misfires caused many departments to ban the practice.

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