Hays County Sheriff's Department Use of Force Policy: Compliance Culture, Police Violence, and Transparency
To those in Dripping Springs, Hays County, and Texas state government,
In response to a public information request for use of force policies, the Hays County Sheriff's department provided a mere 8 pages of policy. The policy does not mention de-escalation, chokeholds, duty to intervene, warn before shooting, moving vehicles, transparency, or reporting. For more, I analyzed what little there is of the policy here:
As a neurodivergent parent of neurodivergent kids, use of force is of particular interest to me and my family. Police use of force and school-to-prison pipelines disproportionately impact those with disabilities. Use of force policy should be available online to all and should address mental illness, disability, and deescalation. Use of force is a social contract that should be discussed openly.
Help bring transparency and end compliance culture. We are agents of flow responsible for humanizing the systems we inhabit. Encourage and require transparency from Texas law enforcement agencies. Dallas PD serves as a role model.