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Capitol Health Call
September 13, 2016

Giving Police Alternatives to Lethal Force

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JAMA. 2016;316(10):1035. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.12340

Following the recent wave of police shootings involving unarmed black men, 2 Louisiana congressmen, Garret Graves (R-La.) and Cedric Richmond (D-La.), have reached across party lines to draft legislation that would give law enforcement officers more tools to avoid using deadly force.

Their bill, which goes to the House Judiciary Committee, would authorize the US attorney general to create a federal Office of Non-Lethal Technologies and Techniques. The office would work with the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and related agencies to develop techniques and strategies police could deploy to control a situation without using their firearms (

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