- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 18, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A new policy says Los Angeles police officers will need to attempt to defuse tense situations before using deadly force.

The Los Angeles Police Commission voted Tuesday to amend the Police Department’s use-of-force policy. The change requires officers to use tactics that avoid the use of deadly force whenever possible.

The policy change means the civilian Police Commission can specifically judge whether the officers could have found a way to resolve a tense situation without resorting to potentially deadly force.

The five-member oversight panel conducts a review every time an officer fires a weapon. It typically includes analyzing an officer’s tactics and whether it was appropriate to draw and fire the weapon.

The commission can determine if an officer acted within department policy, but cannot discipline officers.

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