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SPD Releases Use of Force 'Policy Manual'
by Monterey County Police News
Thursday May 29th, 2014 11:44 PM
On May 28 the Salinas Police Department Released its current use of force police manual, which is marked as being adopted on January 27, 2014. The private company Lexipol produced the policy.
The manual was made available on a newly created FAQ list created by the Salinas Police Department on their website. For example, an SPD answer is given to the question: "All 3 of the people shot by police this year were Latinos. Are the police targeting Latinos?"

Lexipol is web based.

From Lexipol's website:

"Lexipol is America’s leading provider of defensible policies and training for public safety organizations, delivering our services through a unique, web-based development system. Lexipol offers state-specific policy manuals, regular policy updates and daily scenario based training against policy."

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While section 300.4 DEADLY FORCE APPLICATIONS of that policy manual is short (surprisingly short, given the alleged 'we train shoot to kill' statement from SPD), it does provide plausible deniability to killer LEO via terms like 'reasonably believes' and 'probable cause to believe'.

A kinder, gentler 'judge, jury, and executioner'.

Another anemic section, 300.2.1 DUTY TO INTERCEDE, seems to ignore the 'Blue Shield' dynamic ( Because there is no mention of CITIZENS DEADLY FORCE APPLICATIONS as part of DUTY TO INTERCEDE, it seems likely that anyone other than LEO trying to intercede is likely to be charged with 'interfering with an officer about to murder someone', or whatever the technical term is...
by no surprise
Friday May 30th, 2014 4:05 PM
I'd be willing to bet there aren't twenty words worth of difference between Salinas PD's "use of force" policy and almost every other department in the U.S.

The language used is always written to give enough wiggle room for cops to get off for just about anything they do in the "line of duty". Same goes for the laws used to protect cops from prosecution by collaborating DAs.

The only differences in the policies between various police departments are likely to be the result of civil lawsuits that have forced changes in the language used.
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