Elkhart Police

The Board of Public Safety on Tuesday updated Elkhart Police Department policies for use of force and officer-involved shootings.

ELKHART — The Board of Public Safety updated the Elkhart Police Department’s policies on use of force and officer-involved shootings on Tuesday, following the independent review of the department in 2019.

Former Mayor Tim Neese hired the law firm Krieg DeVault and Police Executive Research Forum after a video showed that officers beat a handcuffed suspect after he spat at them. The department has already updated some policies, including its vehicle pursuit policy, as a consequence of the recommendations that Krieg DeVault and PERF made in their report, but the updated use of force and vehicle pursuit policies do not completely follow the recommendations.

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