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Monroe Police outline use of force guidelines

A lot of questions have come up recently about the duty of officers to intervene when they see a colleague acting out of line. 

Monroe Police officials say the Department general orders demand that an officer take action to prevent a crime from continuing, which includes an assault by another officer. Any Monroe Police officer who observes another officer using force that is clearly beyond that which is objectively reasonable under the circumstances, if in a position to do so, has the duty to intercede to prevent the use of unreasonable force and report their observations to a supervisor.

Police officials say they have long required officers to report every incident where force is used.  An investigation is done to determine if it was necessary, and if the appropriate level of force was used.  Monroe officers have body worn cameras and in-car cameras.

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Todd Schnitt

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