CHICAGO – Chicago police officers will be trained differently under a new plan to be unveiled Wednesday by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
The mayor will hold a 2 p.m. news conference to announce new training that emphasizes teaching officers to try to de-escalate conflicts before drawing their guns.
Also, all police officers will be trained to use tasers by June; and every officer will be equipped with a taser before the start of a shift. Proponents of tasers say they are less lethal than guns.
Some high-profile police shootings have brought claims that the police unfairly target minorities.
A small band of protesters gathered for six hours Tuesday evening outside mayor Emanuel's home in Ravenswood.
They contend that two deadly police shootings over the weekend are evidence that he can't govern. They're demanding that he quit.