Smith said that pointing a weapon can be psychologically harmful. While he didn’t recommend putting the pointing a weapon into the report, the group suggested making the change.
Smith also said that working groups found no de-escalation policy within the use-of-force policy. Groups started to draft a policy to be added into the use-of-force policy.
The working groups formed after local, state and national protests erupted and sought racial justice in the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis.
More than 100 people agreed to be part of Dayton’s reform efforts.
Five working groups, each consisting of about 22 members, have been meeting since the summer to discuss, examine and come up with recommendations on the specific focus areas of oversight, use of force, training, engagement and recruitment and promotion.