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Rule stops police from shooting at cars unless driver fires

Denver police said Tuesday they have changed use of force guidelines following deadly encounters between officers and drivers, saying police can no longer fire on moving vehicles unless the driver is shooting at officers or civilians.

“We want the first reaction to be get out of the way versus pull your firearm,” Police Chief Robert White said at a news conference.

Under the previous guidelines, police could fire on a car if it was simply bearing down on them and there was a chance they could be struck.

The change specifies that the moving vehicle itself cannot be considered a threat.

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