Vicksburg Police Department changes its use-of-force policies

Vicksburg Police Department changes its use-of-force policies

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Captain Mike Bryant with the Vicksburg Police Department appeared before the Board of Mayor and Aldermen Thursday to present changes to the department’s use-of-force policies.

“We are replacing a paragraph which states that an officer, if he observes another officer using excessive force, they have a duty to intervene. They also have a duty to report that incident to a supervisor,” Bryant said.

“On June 16, President Trump signed an executive order on safe policing. One of the things it requires is verbiage that prohibits the use of what’s known as choke holds,” Bryant said. “So what we’ve included in this policy is: ‘The use of any form of lateral vascular neck restraint or any form of physical restraint that restricts an individuals ability to breathe is prohibited.'”

Mayor George Flaggs Jr. interjected to a concern over officers’ ability to protect themselves in life or death situations.

“At some point, we have to stand with our police officers for what is right,” Flaggs said. “If I’m a police officer, and it’s one on one, I think I should be able to protect myself.”

“I don’t think our officers in Vicksburg, Mississippi, use any type of unjust behavior when they arrest people,” he added. “We have a zero tolerance policy on police brutality.”

The three members of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously approved the policy changes.