Justice Department: Improve use of force policies

— Federal officials are urging Fayetteville police to improve their use of force policies.

A series of recommendations by the U.S. Justice Department was released Wednesday afternoon at a news conference with First Assistant U.S. Attorney John Bruce, Fayetteville Mayor Nat Robertson and Police Chief Harold Medlock.

The Justice Department said Fayetteville’s system does not provide accurate records on citizen complaints and officers’ use of force. It recommends a more comprehensive system, including demographic information on complainants and the use of force.

The report also says the department should prohibit officers from firing warning shots because of the possibility that innocent people get hurt.

The report comes more than18 months after Medlock requested an on-site review in an effort to determine how the police department can improve operations and community relations.

,Federal officials are urging Fayetteville police to improve their use of force policies.

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