New guidelines will allow the NYPD to better assess how police officers are using force during physical encounters, a top chief said Wednesday.
The rules encourage cops to try to de-escalate tensions, when possible, to avoid using force. And they also require cops to inform on fellow officers who use excessive force — or risk being disciplined.
Several officers, Deputy Chief Kevin Ward said, have already been disciplined for turning a blind eye in incidents captured on video,
Ward acknowledged it will be "difficult" for officers to realize they must report their colleagues.