Citizen review board asks police questions on use of force policy

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The recently formed citizens review board in Wichita met again and on the agenda was the “Mccormick Shooting”.

You probably know it as the shooting where a Wichita police officer shot and killed Andrew Finch.

That discussion was brief. The review board was told by the police department that because this is still an active investigation, they would not be talking about it.

“They need to help the PD learn how to deescalate,” says community member Dave Cook.

It was a candid conversation about police practice and use of force.

Police spent about 45 minutes explaining specific circumstances and when they might feel it is reasonable for them to use force.

The shooting of Andrew Finch was on the agenda but was not officially talked about. It did come up in some way, though.

“You are supposed to freeze when the cop is looking at you,” Cook adds.

Newly appointed Vice Chair Timothy Sims asked several questions and pressed police on using force when necessary, adding that even despite a hoax call, he would like to see more restraint.

“It is important for the officer to investigate and do some analysis. Then, formulate a strategy for his approach on the situation,” Sims adds.

Overall, he says the interaction between the review board and police served its purpose during this meeting and says police were transparent.

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