Salt Lake City mayor signs executive order for police reform

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhal and Salt Lake City police Chief Mike Brown speak following a news conference Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Mendenhall signed an executive order Monday directing police Chief Brown to enact several new policies, such as mandating deescalation tactics before using force, by Sept. 5. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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The mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah is implementing new reforms for the city’s police department amid demonstrations following the death of George Floyd.

Mayor Erin Mendenhall signed an executive order Monday, which will require the city’s police chief to enforce several policy changes. The order affects the police department’s policies regarding search and seizure, police body cameras and the use of force.

“While our policy currently requires that an officer find it reasonable to believe that a person will use a weapon to harm someone, an officer must now determine that deadly force is necessary and the threat of death or serious bodily injury is imminent,” stated Mendenhall. “Necessary and imminent will be carefully defined in our new policy.”

Officers will also be expected to stop other officers who are about to use illegal or excessive force. The Salt Lake City Police Department is expected to enact the new policy changes by next month.

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