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Proposal to Congress Would Require Police to get De-Escalation Training, Create National Use of Force Standard

Legislation set to be introduced to Congress on Thursday would create a new national standard for when police officers can use deadly force and require police academies to teach officers de-escalation techniques — the latest in a series of measures to be proposed during the current national conversation on police reform.

The bill, called the Preventing Tragedies Between Police and Communities Act of 2016, is authored by Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), who has been among the most outspoken members of Congress in calling for federal action to curb the number of police killings.

“We want our officers using force really that [is] proportional to the situation,” Moore said in an interview on Wednesday. “This is about giving police officers additional training assets with regard to encounters that don’t necessarily have to end up with a use of deadly force.”

The legislation is the latest in a flurry of measures introduced in the 21 months since the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., which prompted protests and riots and sparked a national examination of police use of force.

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