Cleveland bans police firing at moving vehicles

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland’s police chief has announced a ban on officers firing weapons at or from a moving vehicle as part of a review of the agency’s use of force policies.

Police Chief Mike McGrath said Wednesday the ban was in line with national practices and was meant to protect officers, suspects and bystanders.

McGrath says the only exception is cases where deadly force other than a vehicle itself is being used against officers.

He says officers are no longer justified firing at a car because it refuses to stop.

Last November, officers fired at a moving vehicle near the end of a chase that concluded with 137 shots fired at a driver and passenger who were killed.

No weapon or shell casings were found in the fleeing car.

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