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Cedar Rapids, Iowa - May 2022: Operation Washout – Waterloo, resulted in the arrest of 40 federal, state, and local fugitives, gang members, sex offenders and violent criminals throughout Black Hawk County. In the first Black Hawk County focused operation in recent history, the United States Marshals Service (USMS), Waterloo Police Department and partner agencies are conducting a high-impact violent crime reduction initiative focusing on some of the area’s most violent offenders. Photo by: Shane T. Mccoy / US Marshals.

President Biden’s new executive order on law enforcement practices contains a number of provisions applying internally in the federal government, including requiring law enforcement agencies “to adopt measures to promote thorough investigation and preservation of evidence after incidents involving the use of deadly force or deaths in custody, as well as to prevent unnecessary delays and ensure appropriate administration of discipline.”

It further requires those agencies to (in the words of a White House fact sheet):


* “adopt and publicly post body-worn camera policies that mandate activation of cameras during activities like arrests and searches and provide for the expedited public release of footage following incidents involving serious bodily injury or deaths in custody”;

* “adopt policies that ban chokeholds and carotid restraints unless deadly force is authorized and restricts the use of no knock entries to a limited set of circumstances, such as when an announced entry would pose an imminent threat of physical violence”;

* “develop best practices to attract, support, and retain an inclusive, diverse, expert, and accountable law enforcement workforce, including by implementing screening tools to ensure that agencies do not hire or retain, or partner with on task forces, individuals who promote unlawful violence, white supremacy, or other bias on the basis of protected characteristics”; and

* annually train officers on “implicit bias and avoiding improper profiling based on the actual or perceived race, ethnicity, national origin, limited English proficiency, religion, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), or disability of individuals.”

The order also tells all agencies to comply with recent a Justice Department policy that had affected only its own law enforcement components.

Provisions of that policy include: that deadly force is to be used only “when the officer has a reasonable belief that the subject of such force poses an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury to the officer or to another person”; that firearms “may not be discharged solely to disable moving vehicles”; that officers are to be trained in de-escalation tactics and techniques, which “should be employed if objectively feasible and they would not increase the danger to the officer or others”; and that officers have an affirmative duty to “intervene to prevent or stop, as appropriate, any officer from engaging in excessive force” and to “request and/or render medical aid, as appropriate, where needed.”

Among other things, the executive order further: creates a new national database of alleged police misconduct in which all federal law enforcement agencies must participate; emphasizes the investigation and prosecution of criminal civil rights violations; and restricts the transfer of military equipment to state and local law enforcement agencies.


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