Bob Hundley

In response to George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police, and calls for changes in law enforcement policies by peaceful protestors, Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley says he is taking action.

A controversial “chokehold” will be removed from the department’s deadly force policy, and a requirement calling for intervention from fellow officers who witness another officer using unnecessary force will be added to written policy.

“That had been in our training, but to date, we have not adopted that as a written policy,” Hundley said. “This, too, will change.”

Hundley said officers are in conversations with local folks to see “what we and the community can do to keep everyone safe.”

“We hope to continue these conversations going forward,” Hundley said. “The department is always receptive to better procedures and actions that protect our citizens, our officers and those suspected of committing a crime.”

The chief said watching George Floyd die at the hands of a uniformed police officer “is beyond horrible for his family and the rest of our nation.”

“I assert that there is not a police officer who watched that video that didn’t start shaking their head and asked what in the world those officers could have been thinking.

“No thinking officer wants to use any force at all if he or she doesn’t have to because the risks that attend the use of force, both to the suspect and to the officer, are too great,” Hundley said. “And, the potential consequences to a law enforcement career of the use of more than necessary force can be devastating.”

Mary Madewell is a staff writer for The Paris News. She can be reached at 903-785-6976 or at mary.madewell@theparisnews.com.

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Judith Malone

I commend Chief Hundley on enacting into policy the actions that escalate police work onto shaky and often deadly ground. The police cam policy should have reminders. Failure to activate police cam docks a weeks pay. Why? Those cams keep police and complainants from having to launch lengthy investigations that cost money and raise the question of whether the “”forgotten” camera was an excuse to obscure inappropriate actions. Good cops do not want the omission on their record. A pattern recorded of the forgetfulness should raise an immediate red flag. Put it on when you put on your gun, your taser, and your badge. If it is a pattern, maybe a month of anger control classes would be step 1 and termination if the pattern continues. Whether police cams are on or not, very often there are other cameras recording the incident. We appreciate our good cops who follow good policy and procedure. We demand our citizens be detained and arrested without violence if possible. Then, when deadly force is unavoidable, the dialogue will be a lot different.

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