- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - The head of Nassau County’s largest police union is calling on officials to delay implementing a new use-of-force policy, saying officers aren’t properly equipped to follow it.

Newsday reports (https://nwsdy.li/29xHgDx ) Police Benevolent Association President James Carver says the policy puts too much emphasis on de-escalation and not enough focus on officer safety.

The guidelines take effect Friday and come about two years after the department started its first major review of the policy in more than 30 years in the wake of two high-profile shootings involving police officers.

The policy lists stun guns as “intermediate weapons” officers should use to control suspects before evaluating whether more force is needed but Carver says they aren’t distributed to all officers.

Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter says he won’t delay implementing the policy.

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Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com

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