Latino Caucus Calls On Mayor Emanuel to Require Immediate and Mandatory Taser Training; Order CPD to Immediately Stop Use of Lethal Force

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The Chicago City Council Latino Caucus called upon Mayor Rahm Emanuel to order the Chicago Police Department to require officers to undergo immediate and mandatory Taser training. It also called upon Mayor Emanuel to issue an immediate order to stop the use of lethal force unless an offender is threatening the life of an officer with a weapon. The shootings of Bettie Jones and Quintonio LeGrier call into question the appropriate use of lethal force by officers in all situations and demands a review of CPD policies. “We are calling for Mayor Emanuel to immediately order CPD to de-escalate their tactics,” said Alderman George Cardenas, Chairman of the Latino Caucus, “We cannot have innocent Chicagoans be affected by officers shooting blindly.” “Our first priority should be the use of non-lethal force. Every officer should have and be trained to use a Taser,” said Alderman Solis. “We have to change the General Orders for deadly force as they relate to individuals with mental illness,” said Alderman Raymond Lopez, “If 911 callers identify someone as suffering from a known mental illness, lethal force should not be the initial reaction.” The Chicago City Council Latino Caucus Includes: Alderman George Cardenas (12) Chairman; Alderman Proco Joe Moreno (1); Alderman Sue Garza (10); Alderman Raymond Lopez (15); Alderman Rick Munoz (22); Alderman Danny Solis (25); Alderman Roberto Maldonado (26); Alderman Ariel Reboyras (30); Alderman Milly Santiago (31); Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35); and Alderman Gilbert Villegas (36)

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