Calif. officers get more training in handling big demonstrations

Smaller groups of officers will go into crowds to weed out problem protesters


Henry K. Lee
The San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO — Stung by criticism over his officers' actions during Occupy Oakland protests and other demonstrations, Police Chief Howard Jordan said Monday he was ordering "major reforms" in how police deal with large crowds.

Smaller groups of officers will go into crowds to weed out problem protesters, and officers will make every effort to ensure that demonstrators hear dispersal orders and are given a chance to leave, Jordan said at a City Hall news conference. Within the next week, all officers will have undergone training on how to handle large crowds, he said.

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