New DOJ Memo Empowers Federal Agents to Intervene in Excessive-Force Uses

The Department of Justice has updated its use-of-force policy for the first time since 2004, thus empowering federal agents to intervene when other law enforcement officials use excessive force.

The new policy was outlined Friday in a rank-and-file memo from Attorney General Merrick Garland. The changes possibly reflect years of protests over police killings of suspects.

Garland’s four-page memo was addressed to the heads of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Prisons.

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