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:

https://ryan.boren.me/2016/07/04/foia-use-of-force-policy-and-then-ask-these-questions/

I share this to bring awareness and to urge policy agendas of transparency and accountability in policing.

Local policy agenda:

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/55ad38b1e4b0185f0285195f/t/55dce731e4b07137c6a819b9/1440540465863/CampaignZERO+Local+Policy+Agenda.pdf

State policy agenda:

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/55ad38b1e4b0185f0285195f/t/55dce7b3e4b0b9d287069df9/1440540595819/Campaign+ZERO+State+Policy+Agenda.pdf

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.

http://www.rudermanfoundation.org/news-and-events/ruderman-white-paper
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/half-people-killed-police-suffer-mental-disability-report-n538371

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.

http://www.dallaspolice.net/ois/ois
http://www.dallaspolice.net/reports/Shared%20Documents/General-Order-906.pdf
https://www.dallasopendata.com/dataset/Police-2015-Response-to-Resistance/594v-2cnd
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2016/07/08/what-dallas-pd-does-right-and-why-doing-those-things-could-now-be-more-difficult/

Default to open. Sunlight heals.

Regards,

Ryan Boren
https://ryan.boren.me/
https://twitter.com/rboren
Dripping Springs, TX