Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold and City Council at its Tuesday meeting pledged local law enforcement reform beyond what is already underway as a another night of protests and clashes between demonstrators and cops rocked the country.

Councilwoman Junie Joseph, the elected body’s only black member, made an impassioned speech on the killing of a handcuffed black man, George Floyd, by a white Minnesota policeman during a virtual meeting after Herold’s presentation of a plan to make changes to Boulder Police Department’s use-of-force policies, among others.

“After 400 years of slavery, black people are not going anywhere. We’ve received emails that say, ‘let’s de-fund the police.’ The police department is not going anywhere, it’s here to stay, because we need police officers to protect us and promote our rights as citizens,” Joseph said. “I welcome the opportunity for reform because we need it. The soul of the country is crying, and we need it. We have to work on this together.”

Herold said she plans to implement the “Critical Decision-Making model” for officers to consider on the use of force at the city’s police department. She also led its implementation at her previous police department, the University of Cincinnati Police Department.

“There are already processes in place to ensure this training and this new way of looking at use of force occurs here in Boulder,” she said.

The model, itself adapted from the United Kingdom, is described by the Police Executive Research Forum as “a logical, straightforward, and ethically based thought process that is intended to help U.S. police officers manage a range of incidents effectively and safely,” in its 2016 “Guiding Principles on Use of Force.”

But the National Association of Police Organizations, a group that lobbies for the interests of law enforcement departments and officers, criticized the forum’s position on the model, arguing it “combines the imposition of another…

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