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Chief Best Restricts Use of CS Canisters During Demonstrations

By order of the Chief, the department is implementing additional restrictions on the use of CS. Only highly-trained SWAT officers are authorized to deploy CS canisters for purposes of crowd control and any use must be approved by Chief Best or her designee.  

All force used by SPD officers will undergo thorough review. 

The City of Seattle Accountability Partners are also conducting a review of all of SPD’s crowd control tactics and tools and will issue recommendations within thirty days. 

For further information please see SPD’s Manual.