Use of force community listening session

Devin Martin
Updated: June 30, 2020 10:43 PM
Created: June 30, 2020 09:27 PM

(ABC 6 News) - "Deadly force" and "Force," are both terms used by the Rochester police department to describe "Use of force."
The Rochester Police Policy Commission, in partnership with the Diversity Council, will host a listening session Wednesday evening centered around "Use of force" policies and the community is encouraged to take part.
"There's a variety of ways that they can give input," Mayor Kim Norton of Rochester said. "They can send me an email, send an email through the city's website or attend this Facebook live event which is just a way to get their questions and input into these brand new policies that the police department has been working on and to see if this is moving us in a direction that we want to go."
This event follows the My Brother's Keeper Alliance pledge, which aims to review "Use of force" policies. 
Rochester city leaders came together to look into how "Use of force" policies like handcuffing and restraints as well as standards of conduct, could be changed.

"People can actually look at the language and really scrutinize that. Is this doing what we want it to do? Is it protecting the community? Is the use of force continuum explained well enough in there so that it's understandable? We're just hoping that people will take a look, will listen, and have that dialogue," Mayor Norton said. 


The online conservation could help city leaders better serve the community.

"I think it's really important for every community to have this discussion and to just ensure that community and law enforcement are aligned on aspirations and what people can anticipate in interactions with the police," Dee Sabol, executive director of Diversity Council said. "It's greater transparency, it's just really an opportunity to build trust and relationship."

The online discussion starts at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. You can write your questions in the comment section of the Facebook live video to be found on this link when the broadcast starts. 

If you don't have access to Facebook, you can call 507-218-7334 when the event starts. 


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