"Duty to intervene": How some U.S. cities are telling cops to police each other

Citing Floyd’s highly publicized death, the Dallas Police Department announced Thursday it is enacting a “duty to intervene” policy.

“Millions watched a Minneapolis police officer suffocate Mr. George Floyd to death by applying pressure with his knee on the victim’s neck for nearly 9 minutes,” the Dallas Police Department said in a release. “Had the officer’s partners intervened, the outcome might have been different.”

Under the new order, “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, according to a DPD news release..

In North Carolina, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said it will add a directive explicitly stating that officers should intervene if “another officer is not de-escalating a situation successfully or is using excessive force,” The Charlotte Observer reported.