New Honolulu Police Policy On Using Force Aims To Defuse Tense Situations…HPD has new rules about when officers can shoot at moving vehicles, use vascular neck restraints and deploy other uses of force.

The Honolulu Police Department has a new policy on use of force that promotes deescalation and incorporates several other changes demanded by police reform activists in the last year.

HPD Chief Susan Ballard convened a committee last June to review the policy after George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis, sparking protests against police brutality across the nation and the world.

The city’s updated policy brings it closer in line with national best practices, said Meda Chesney-Lind, a criminologist at the University of Hawaii who has examined cases of lethal force in Honolulu.

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