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Englander: LAPD should look at OIS policy -- not stats

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A Los Angeles city councilman says police should focus on whether officer-involved shootings are within policy -- not whether statistics show they are related to attacks on cops.

A new report on officer-involved shootings and violent attacks on police officers should push the Los Angeles Police Department to look at whether shootings are in policy, rather than if the shootings and attacks are connected, a Los Angeles city councilman said today.

Councilman Mitch Englander, chair of the Public Safety Committee, was responding to the Police Commission’s report that an increase in use-of-force cases was not related to an increase in attacks on cops. Police Chief Charlie Beck has repeatedly said the two are intertwined. 

“They’re both measuring it and looking at it two very different ways,” Englander said in an interview with KPCC.

“The fact that crime is down overall, so our officers are getting into violent situations more rapidly … they’re confronting these individuals on a more regular basis and these individuals are pulling weapons,” Englander said.