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New rules for Cleveland cops

New rules for Cleveland cops

(Cuyahoga County) - Cleveland's police chief has announced a ban on officers firing weapons at or from a moving vehicle as part of a review of the agency's use of force policies.

Police Chief Mike McGrath said Wednesday the ban was in line with national practices and was meant to protect officers, suspects and bystanders.

McGrath contends firing at or from a moving vehicle is very dangerous for innocent bystanders and for follow responding officers.

McGrath says the only exception is cases where deadly force other than a vehicle itself is being used against officers.

Chief Michael McGrath with Mayor Frank Jackson

He says officers are no longer justified firing at a car because it refuses to stop.

However, Jeff Follmer president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association believes the rule may be out of touch with reality, where criminals used vehicles as deadly weapons.

Last November, officers fired at a moving vehicle near the end of a chase that concluded with 137 shots fired at a driver and passenger who were killed.

No weapon or shell casings were found in the fleeing car.

The new police is one of 26 recommendations may by the Police Executive Research Forum which released a $40,000 study of the Cleveland Police Department.

Mayor Frank Jackson says all but one of the recommendations have been put in place, and that the study shows deadly force incidents are down. He feels the Cleveland Police Department is moving in the right direction.

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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