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Photo: Max Herman/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Chicago Police Department this week announced a new policy barring officers from engaging in foot-chases with people suspected of minor offenses or low-level misdemeanors.

Why it matters: The revised policy comes in the wake of foot pursuits that resulted in the fatal officer-involved shootings of 13-year-old Adam Toledo and 22-year-old Anthony Alvarez.

  • The fresh guidance, revealed Wednesday, marks the first time the city of Chicago has provided clear-cut directives to officers for chasing suspects on foot.

Details: The policy bans foot pursuits for minor traffic violations and forbids officers from separating from their partners if they don't have a view of the person they're chasing.

A chase must end if:

  • An officer loses track of their location or surroundings;
  • There is too much distance or too many obstacles between the officer and the person they are chasing;
  • They cannot control the subject of the chase in a confrontation.

"Department members are required to balance the risk of engaging in a pursuit with the need to apprehend the subject," the guidance states.

  • "Officers will not intentionally provoke flight to justify a pursuit."
  • Officers are also required to wear body-cameras for all foot pursuits.

What they're saying: “This [will] give officers an opportunity, maybe to slow things down and have a better outcome when they’re trying to capture suspects,” Superintendent David Brown said, per WBEZ Chicago.

  • "Because foot pursuits are one of the most dangerous actions that police officers can engage in, we cannot afford to wait any longer to put a policy in place that regulates them," Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a statement announcing the policy.

What to watch: The policy is set to go into effect on a temporary basis beginning June 11. The public will be able to provide feedback before the guidance becomes permanent in September.

Go deeper: Latino community of 13-year-old killed by police in Chicago reels after shooting

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Feb 23, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Colorado police had no legal basis to stop, frisk or restrain Elijah McClain, report finds

A protester holds a poster of Elijah McClain during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day march. Photo: Tim Evans/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Police in Aurora, Colorado, had no legal basis to stop, frisk or use a chokehold on Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died in custody in 2019, according to a report by independent investigators released Monday.

Driving the news: The City Council in the Denver suburb ordered the independent review in June amid nationwide protests over the police killing George Floyd and other Black people.

3 officers, 2 paramedics charged in connection with death of Elijah McClain

Sheneen McClain, center, mother of Elijah McClain, speaks in Oct. 1, 2019, surrounded by family, friends and legal counsel. Photo: Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images

A Colorado grand jury returned a 32-count indictment against police officers and paramedics in the 2019 death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man.

Driving the news: The grand jury charged each of the three officers and two paramedics with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, the state’s attorney general announced Wednesday.

Updated Jul 4, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Colorado police chief fires officers who reenacted Elijah McClain's death

LaWayne Mosley, father of Elijah McClain, wears a T-shirt with is son's picture on it during a press conference in Oct. 2019. Photo: Andy Cross/MediaNewsGroup/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Interim Aurora, Colorado, police chief Vanessa Wilson fired two officers for reenacting the death of 23-year-old Elijah McClain and a third officer for commenting on the photo that captured the "despicable act," the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: McClain died in the summer of 2019 after police officers held him in a chokehold and paramedics used a sedative, ketamine. People have been protesting McClain's death recently after the police killing of George Floyd revitalized the movement against police brutality.