(ANTIMEDIA) Los Angeles, CA — This week, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck announced the initiation of a new award intended to encourage police officers to find more peaceful resolutions to conflicts. The honorary medal was widely praised, but one group took severe, predictable offense to the gesture. A local police union, the Los Angeles Police Protective League, issued a scathing criticism of the new award — offering hollow talking points implying police officers should continue to be allowed to use violence whenever they choose.
At a meeting with the Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday, Beck announced the new “Preservation of Life” award. The honor will be one of the highest given to officers, alongside the medal of valor, and is intended to reduce the number of police-involved shootings and deaths. As Beckexplained, the award was inspired by an officer who wrestled a suspect rather than shooting him.… Read the rest