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LAPD Chief Bratton bans use-of-force term `distraction strike'

By Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Times

Under fire for a videotape showing an officer punching a suspect repeatedly in the face, Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton said Friday that he is directing officers not to use the term "distraction strike" to describe when officers hit people to get them to submit to arrest.

The chief said, however, he is not changing the policy that allows officers to use force; he is only doing away with the term, which he called "ambiguous." He said it had been misused by officers to explain why they struck a suspect.

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