Use of Force Policy Project

As part of our collaboration with Campaign Zero, MuckRock requested use of force policies from the largest police departments in the country.

When a high-profile incident occurs, we’ll publish the relevant policy to provide context to the debate. In addition, we’ll be adding additional policies to this page as we receive them - if you’ve filed one, and you’d like it added, please let us know at info@muckrock.com.

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Read St. Anthony Police Department’s Use of Force Policy

Read St. Anthony Police Department’s Use of Force Policy

As part of our collaboration with Campaign Zero, MuckRock requested use of force policies from the 100 largest police departments in the country, including St. Anthony PD. In the wake of the recent release of the dash cam video of the shooting of Philando Castile, we wanted to give you a chance to read the policy yourself.

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Read Nashville Police Department’s Use of Force Policy

Read Nashville Police Department’s Use of Force Policy

As part of our collaboration with Campaign Zero, MuckRock requested use of force policies from the 100 largest police departments in the country, including Tulsa PD. In the wake of the recent release of the video of the shooting of Terence Crutcher, we wanted to give you a chance to read the policy yourself.

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A user's guide to our police use-of-force policies

A user’s guide to our police use-of-force policies

By solidifying a department’s stance on when it’s appropriate to use force and what reporting steps need to be taken if it is, the use-of-force policy is one of the clearest ways to understand how an agency applies its power.

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Read Lynn Police Department’s Use of Force policy

Read Lynn Police Department’s Use of Force policy

MuckRock users have requested use of force policies from over 100 police departments in the country, including Lynn PD. In the wake of the recent shooting of Michael McInnis, we wanted to give you a chance to read the policy yourself.

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North Charleston Police Department stonewalling records requests for use of force incidents

North Charleston Police Department stonewalling records requests for use of force incidents

For months, the North Charleston Police Department - whose tumultuous history is underscored by the declaration of a mistrial in the case of former officer Michael Slager - has been stonewalling records requests for data about civilian complaints and use of force incidents, requiring a $1,500 deposit before it will begin a search.

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Read Tulsa Police Department’s Use of Force policy

Read Tulsa Police Department’s Use of Force policy

As part of our collaboration with Campaign Zero, MuckRock requested use of force policies from the 100 largest police departments in the country, including Tulsa PD. In the wake of the recent release of the video of the shooting of Terence Crutcher, we wanted to give you a chance to read the policy yourself.

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Read Miami-Dade Police Department’s Use of Force policy

Read Miami-Dade Police Department’s Use of Force policy

As part of our collaboration with Campaign Zero, MuckRock requested use of force policies from the 100 largest police departments in the country, including Miami-Dade PD. In the wake of this week’s shooting of Charles Kinsey, we wanted to give you a chance to read the policy yourself.

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Read Baton Rouge Police Department's Use of Deadly Force policy

Read Baton Rouge Police Department’s Use of Deadly Force policy

As part of our collaboration with Campaign Zero, MuckRock requested use of force policies from the 100 largest police departments in the country, including Baton Rouge PD. In the wake of this week’s shooting of Alton Sterling, we wanted to give you a chance to read the policy yourself.

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After $30k lawsuit, regional Massachusetts SWAT team releases use of force policy

After $30k lawsuit, regional Massachusetts SWAT team releases use of force policy

The North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) has released its policy on use of force. NEMLEC thus joins law enforcement agencies and criminal justice experts across the country in concluding that this basic document is fit for public consumption.

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McKinney police releases use of force policy

McKinney police releases use of force policy

The City of McKinney, Texas — which captured national attention earlier this month when a police officer pulled his gun and threw a teenage girl to the ground at a community pool — has released its guidelines on use of force by police officers. The policy does not leave decisions to the “unfettered discretion” of officers but mandates that they use only “objectively reasonable” force.

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Cambridge police release use of deadly force policy

Cambridge police release use of deadly force policy

Yesterday, the Cambridge Police Department released its use of force policy. Previously, the department had said that publicly disclosing its policy would put officers at risk.

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Read the NYPD's Use of Force policy

Read the NYPD’s Use of Force policy

It took considerable effort on the part of Shawn Musgrave to obtain a copy of the NYPD’s patrol guide, which includes their Use of Force policies. Read them here.

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115 Requests

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Use of Force Policy (Birmingham)

Samuel Sinyangwe sent this request to the Birmingham Police Department of Birmingham, AL

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Use of Force Policy (Memphis)

Samuel Sinyangwe sent this request to the Memphis Police Department of Memphis, TN

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Use of Force Policy (Sacramento)

Samuel Sinyangwe sent this request to the Sacramento Police Department of Sacramento, CA

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Use of Force Policy (Tampa Police Department)

DeRay Mckesson sent this request to the Tampa Police Department of Tampa, FL