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More news: Louisville police investigate homicide after finding dead man in vehicle in Klondike Pedestrians are not required to provide identification to police officers under Kentucky law , and there are no laws on record that prevent citizens from filming police interactions in public. Jeffersontown Mayor Bill Dieruf and Jeffersontown Police Chief Rick Sanders said in separate statements Saturday that an internal investigation into the incident was underway. Attempts to reach Bennett had thus far been unsuccessful, they said. According to the citation, Jeffersontown police officers were investigating fraudulent checks during the traffic stop and that the officers "were told (Bennett) was the driver of the grey Jeep" that was involved with the allegations. The officers, Sanders said, went "to inquire about his possible involvement," which resulted in three arrests. "During this encounter, Mr. Bennett was uncooperative with officer M. Cruz," Sanders said. "A brief struggle ensued. Mr. Bennett was detained and it was determined after further investigation that he was not involved in the check fraud scheme." An internal investigation is underway, according to Sanders, who said all documents related to the probe would be released at its conclusion. [Traffic]

Police are taught skills to get citizens to comply voluntarily, but de-escalation wasn’t really defined nor was it really part of the police department’s nomenclature and formal policy, and police training generally calls for meeting force with force, said Commissioner Fairchild. The new recommendations make de-escalation a major objective of the department’s use-of-force policy, which hopefully will guide officers to make decisions that result in less confrontation, Fairchild said. “By being formalized, it will tighten those expectations and should make officer responses more consistent than they already are,” said Dayton police Lt. Matt Dickey, commander of the Dayton police academy and training bureau, who is a click here to investigate member of the training committee. Fairchild said the best way to avoid force is to slow things down so officers do not have to make split-second decisions, using time, distance, spacing and shielding to try to defuse conflict and tense situations, increasing the likelihood of voluntary compliance. “As part of your decision-making, as you are trying to interact with a citizen, what steps can you take to prevent it from escalating up?” he said. Fairchild said the recommendations were approved through consensus, with no objections, even though the training committee is a diverse group of community members that includes community activists, police, public defenders, faith leaders and other citizens. The police department is still reviewing the recommendations, but their main points appear “workable,” Dickey said. A police reform committee says making de-escalation an emphasis should help reduce use of force and injuries to citizens and officers. STAFF Julie Peppo, a member of the training committee and a Montgomery County assistant public defender, said the group is trying to create an environment in which police use better techniques to work with citizens to help understand their sides and explain the situation.
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