An article available on the Lexipol website explains why it might be premature to change Use of Force Policies based on the National Consensus Policy on Use of Force. That article can be read at this link. That Lexipol document also explains the hazards of changing policy to exceed legal standard of ‘objective reasonableness’ outlined in the 1989 U.S. Supreme Court decision Graham v. Connor based on the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) 30 Guiding Principles on Use of Force which was released a year ago.
In March 2016 PERF released a follow-up document to the 30 Guiding Principles. It can be downloaded at this link. It is anticipated the group distributing the National Consensus Policy on Use of Force intends to also follow up their document with additional information to explain the policy discussion and rationale for those principles.
MY EDITORIAL COMMENTS: I find it troubling a critical issue such as use of force is being addressed by such respected national law enforcement associations by the release of guidelines prior to establishing the discussion and rationale for those guidelines. This is similar to the PERF release a year ago. It seems like political correctness and throwing out a quick conclusion is a higher priority than fully exploring the potential impacts of such recommendations.