NY Police Department announces reforms amid critical report

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Posted: Oct 01, 2015 12:48 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department is launching a new program to document and review every physical encounter police officers have with the public.

The announcement Thursday of the new policies coincided with the release of a report faulting the NYPD for not doing more to discourage the excessive use of force.

The report by the city's inspector general for the NYPD said the department hasn't given officers clear instructions on what constitutes excessive force. It also said the NYPD has failed to provide the training needed to avoid using force in the first place.

The concerns come in the wake of the police chokehold death of Eric Garner last year and the mistaken takedown and arrest in September of former tennis star James Blake.


This story has been corrected to show that Blake was arrested in September, not August.