Study: Denver Police’s deadly force use improves |

Study: Denver Police’s deadly force use improves

Study: Denver Police’s deadly force use improves

DENVER, Colorado ” An independent review of deadly force by Denver Police says the department has made progress since officers shot and killed an unarmed man and a developmentally disabled teen.

But the review suggests the department should review its commendation policies and should reconsider the use of blackjacks and nightsticks, which most police departments in the country have stopped using.

The study was done by the nonprofit Los Angeles-based Police Assessment Resource Center and was commissioned by Richard Rosenthal, the Denver Police independent monitor.

The report says that as recently as three years ago, the department’s investigations into shootings were erratic and didn’t always establish the facts.

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The study reviewed 24 shootings from 1999 to 2003.

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