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Denver cops change shooting-at-moving-vehicles policy after Hernandez decision

In our look inside the decision not to criminally charge the officers who killed Jessie Hernandez, seventeen, while she was behind the wheel of a stolen car this past January, we noted that Denver’s Independent Monitor had questioned the Denver Police Department policy allowing cops to shoot into moving vehicles.

The smart money was on the DPD altering this approach in the wake of the no-charges announcement as a way of placating critics.

And once again, the smart money was right. Yesterday, members of the DPD received a memo announcing that this change was being made, effective immediately.

“Firearms shall not be discharged at a moving or fleeing vehicle unless deadly force is being used against the police officer or another person present by means other than a moving vehicle,” states the memo, which is shared here.

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