Mildred K. O'Linn Once Again Quoted in POLICE Magazine Article on Use of Force Policy
Los Angeles Partner Mildred K. O'Linn was recently quoted in an article published in the November 2019 edition of POLICE Magazine. The article, titled "Tactics and Training: Thoughts on Use of Force," discusses California’s new law enforcement use-of-force law (AB 392), how law enforcement tactics and training have evolved, and where police tactics and training are going.
The following is Ms. O'Linn’s interpretation of the law as told to POLICE Magazine, "This amendment is being sensationalized and mischaracterized by some politicians, national media, plaintiffs' attorneys, and anti-law enforcement activists as a major re-writing of the law on use of force. While the changes will undoubtedly result in years, if not decades, of additional litigation, in my opinion that is simply not the case. The plus side is that the language as amended makes it clear that the concern is for 'sanctity of every human life' and thus this could be construed as a positive for law enforcement because it clarifies that officers, civilians, and suspects' lives are all part of the issue. In fact, that concept has always been true for law enforcement and, as stated, counters the commonly used tactic, which omitted the 'every' human life provision."
Click here to access the entire article and links to her interview videos.