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Duty To Intervene Policies Aim To Prevent Officers From Using Excessive Force

In 2016, Minneapolis police added a "duty to intervene” policy, saying officers are required to "either stop or attempt to stop another sworn employee when force is being inappropriately applied or is no longer required."

Other police departments have incorporated similar polices including the Baltimore Police Department, which has been using the Ethical Policing Is Courageous (EPIC) program to prevent officers from using excessive force.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison and former police officer Arthur Rizer about duty to intervene policies.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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Outgoing New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison poses for a portrait after being honored by the New Orleans City Council, in New Orleans, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. A day after her first choice withdrew his candidacy, Baltimore's mayor on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, picked Harrison as her nominee to lead the city's troubled force. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Outgoing New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison poses for a portrait after being honored by the New Orleans City Council, in New Orleans, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. A day after her first choice withdrew his candidacy, Baltimore's mayor on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, picked Harrison as her nominee to lead the city's troubled force. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)