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Are the officers in Glen Ellyn required to exhaust every other possible option before using excessive force?

Glen Ellyn Police Officers do not use excessive force.  Pursuant to Glen Ellyn Policy and law, officers shall use only the force necessary to accomplish lawful objectives, not excessive force. While force may be used in certain circumstances, it shall be to accomplish lawful objectives and only to the extent reasonably necessary in light of the circumstances confronting the officer. Glen Ellyn Police Department Policy is explicit that officers using any type of force are accountable for the force that was used. The Glen Ellyn Police Department takes all use of force incidents seriously and is committed to review and evaluate all use of force incidents.  

The Glen Ellyn Police Department policy states “The Department recognizes and respects the value of all human life and dignity without prejudice to anyone.” In the past ten years (2009-2019), the Glen Ellyn Police Department has not utilized lethal force involving the discharge of a weapon, accounting for more than 3,100 arrests.   In the event that a weapon was discharged, our policy mandates that an investigation by the DuPage County States Attorney’s Office and/or the Illinois State Police would be initiated.  

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1. Are the police officers in Glen Ellyn being trained to de-escalate altercations by using peaceful conflict resolution strategies?
2. Are the officers in Glen Ellyn forbidden from using carotid restraints (chokeholds, strangleholds) and hog-tying methods? Are they forbidden from transporting civilians in uncomfortable positions?
3. Are the police officers in Glen Ellyn required to intervene if they witness another officer using excessive force? Will officers be reprimanded if they fail to intervene?
4. Are the police officers in Glen Ellyn forbidden from shooting at moving vehicles?
5. Is there a clear and enforced use-of-force continuum that details what weapons and force are acceptable in a wide variety of civilian-police interactions?
6. Are the officers in Glen Ellyn required to exhaust every other possible option before using excessive force?
7. Are the officers in Glen Ellyn required to report each time they threaten to or use force on civilians?
8. Are the officers in Glen Ellyn thoroughly vetted to ensure that they do not have a history with abuse, racism, xenophobia, homophobia / transphobia, or discrimination?
9. Are the officers in Glen Ellyn trained to perform and seek necessary medical action after using excessive force?
10. Is there an early intervention system enforced to correct officers who use excessive force? Additionally, how many complaints does an officer have to receive before they are reprimanded or terminated?
11. Is there a report on civilian deaths that occurred in custody as a result of use of excessive force by a police officer?
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