DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The chief of the Dallas Police Department, U. Renee Hall, has implemented a new general order regarding the duty of every department employee to intervene.
The order, that came just before midnight Thursday, states that all members of the department should “either stop, or attempt to stop, another employee when force is being inappropriately applied.”READ MORE: The Pandemic Closed Them, But On Monday Apple Reopened All 270 Of Its US Stores
This comes after millions of people saw the video of former Houston resident George Floyd lying face down on the ground, dying with the knee of then Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
Three other officers seen in the video — J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao — either assisted in restraining Floyd or stood by, watched, and prevented onlookers from coming to Floyd’s aid.
In the DPD statement Hall said, “Had the officer’s [Chauvin] partners intervened, the outcome might have been different.” All four former police officers were fired and are now facing charges.READ MORE: Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price Gets 1st COVID-19 Vaccine Dose: 'I'm Trying To Show Leadership And Show The Way'
The outrage over Floyd’s death on May 25 resulted in millions of people, in Texas and around the world, protesting and demanding equality for minorities from local police officers and in the criminal justice system.
Chief Hall said the new order being instituted “was developed to create a culture where what happened to Mr. Floyd does not happen again.”
DPD General Order 901.00 – Response Continuum states:MORE NEWS: 3rd Group Of Migrants Enter US At Texas Border To Be Processed As Asylum-Seekers
“Members of the Dallas Police Department (both sworn and non-sworn) have an obligation to protect the public and other employees. It shall be the duty of every employee present at any scene where physical force is being applied to either stop, or attempt to stop, another employee when force is being inappropriately applied or is no longer required.”