NOPD Releases Policy Changes Following CCC Protest Response Investigation

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New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson says the department is implementing new policies governing responses to protests.

Ferguson spoke yesterday following a six-month-long internal investigation into the events of June 3 when police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at protesters who were trying to cross the Crescent City Connection.

Officials say commanders did not give permission to fire rubber bullets, but officers were not at fault because of a lack of policy on responding to that situation.

Ferguson said officers are now undergoing new training into de-escalation and communication techniques and will only use tear gas or similar weapons as a last resort when lives are in danger.

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