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LAPD policy change to impact how officers deal with the mentally ill




LAPD Officer William Allen does a foot patrol in Skid Row on Jan. 22.
LAPD Officer William Allen does a foot patrol in Skid Row on Jan. 22.
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Yesterday, the Los Angeles Police Commission made a dramatic change to existing policy. 

The civilian oversight panel unanimously decided that what an officer does in the moments before a shooting will now be considered when investigating use of deadly force. Part of the reason for this decision relates to how the police deal with the mentally ill.

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For more, we're joined by Charles Lennon, he's the head of LA County's Department of Mental Health Emergency Outreach Bureau.