Los Angeles Police Change Policy in Containing Armed Suspects

By: Wallin & Klarich

How an Experienced Southern California Defense Attorney Can Help You Retain Your Rights

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department recently disclosed new guidelines for deputies, determining that it is often better to contain armed suspects and wait for backup rather than to chase and arrest them. The new guidelines were introduced after Sheriff Lee Baca decided to reexamine the department’s protocol for deputy-involved shootings after 16 fatal shootings by deputies were reported in 2009 compared to 9 reported in 2008.

The new guidelines are detailed in a 30-page booklet complied by a panel of senior officers convened by Baca in September 2009. The purpose was to study procedures involving foot pursuits. These guidelines are believed to be the first such policies in the country. The purpose of the recommendations is to minimize the potential for “officer-created jeopardy,” where officers unnecessarily place themselves in harm’s way.

If you or someone you know was involved in a similar situation involving the police, it is important that you retain the advice of a competent and knowledgeable defense attorney. The Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have been handling cases involving law enforcement for over 30 years. Our lawyers will consider all of the facts unique to your case, the most up-to-date procedures of the law, and make sure that all of your rights are protected. Call Wallin & Klarich today at (888) 280-6839 and visit us at www.wklaw.com. We will be there when you call.

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