CHICAGO (CBS) — Saying there’s a difference between when a police officer “can use a gun and when they should use a gun,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Wednesday the Police Department would be changing its tactics and training regarding the use of force “to create more time and distance” for police when they respond to a tense situation.
The mayor also said the Police Department would be doubling the number of Tasers available to officers from 700 to 1,400, which make sure every beat car in the field has a stun gun. Every officer would be trained to use stun guns by June, and Tasers would be equipped at the start of each shift.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Sunny And Dry With A Gradual Warmup
“I think obviously if you have eight officers – like in the Laquan McDonald situation – all calling for a Taser, and none of them have it, we have a problem, and it has to be addressed,” he said at a City Hall press conference.
On the night 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot and killed, several officers on the scene radioed for a Taser, but no officers on the scene had one, and none arrived before Officer Jason Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times.