LOS ANGELES (AP) — The police union in the nation's second largest city is upset over a seemingly innocuous announcement by the police chief that he's going to start acknowledging officers for resolving potentially deadly situations with non-lethal force.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has said the annual "Preservation of Life" medal will be given to officers who display commendable restraint in a deadly force situation.
He says it will highlight the many times officers save lives as police across the country are under intense scrutiny over deadly force.
The police union wrote Thursday that the award prioritizes the lives of criminals over officers.
The Los Angeles Police Protective League says officers are already trained to preserve life and that the award will put officers in even more danger.