Orlando police alter when officers can fire into moving cars

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Hoping to deter officers from firing into moving vehicles, Orlando’s police chief has changed his department’s policy for when such shootings are allowed.

The Orlando Sentinel reports the new policy says officers can’t fire at a moving car unless a person is threatening the officer with deadly force with a weapon other than the vehicle. The previous policy said officers could fire at the vehicle if he or she had “probable cause” to believe a suspect had a weapon.

The change was revealed after the department released data on Friday showing 15 of 47 Orlando police shootings since 2009 involved officers firing into moving vehicles.

In a June memo to officers, Chief John Mina said such shootings are often ineffective and can be dangerous to the officers and public.

 

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