Orange County

Orlando police chief reminds officers that deadly force is only to be used as a last resort

ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolon has asked his officers to sign off on a policy about using deadly force.

Rolon said he wants to make sure it is clear that pointing a Taser at law enforcement does not mean officers can use deadly force.

The message from the chief comes after an Atlanta police officer was fired and another reassigned.

READ: Union takes issue with Orange County Sheriff’s Office change to use-of-force policy

Orlando officers reached out to Channel 9 saying that they thought some of the email from Rolon, about what to do in a situation with a Taser, was left to interpretation and they wanted more than that, especially given the calls to defund departments.

An Orlando Police Department spokesperson said this was just a clarification of the existing policy and not a change.

Rolon reminds officers that deadly force is only to be used as a last resort.

Orange County Sheriff John Mina has also has made a change to policies saying it is an officer’s duty to intervene if another officer is not following policy. Click here to read more about the issue.

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Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.