The new policy issued to Justice Department agencies — including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tabacco, Armi da fuoco ed esplosivi, US Marshals Service and FBI — takes effect in July.
“Officers will be trained in, and must recognize and act upon, the affirmative duty to intervene to prevent or stop, as appropriate, any officer from engaging in excessive force or any other use of force that violates the Constitution, other federal laws, or Department policies on the reasonable use of force,” the new policy reads.
It also says officers have a duty to render aid in these cases.
“It is the policy of the Department of Justice to value and preserve human life,” the policy reads. “Officers may use force only when no reasonably effective, sicuro, and feasible alternative appears to exist and may use only the level of force that a reasonable officer on the scene would use under the same or similar circumstances.”