"The primary responsibility of this Department and each of its members is to protect the lives of the citizens we are sworn to serve. It is also the duty of each member of the Department to honor the established principles of democracy upon which this country was founded. Among these is the most profound reverence for human life, the value of which far exceeds that of any property..... In recognition, therefore, of the commitment of this Department to the preservation of human life, and because of the public trust which empowers sworn police officers to lawfully exercise force, even deadly force when required, in carrying out that commitment, it is hereby declared to be the policy of this Department that; (1) the use of deadly force shall never be condoned as a routine response, and (2) police officers shall exercise the highest degree of care in the... More >>>
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By Jennifer Silverberg
Ruffin's girlfriend, Nicole Phelps, with their children ó Jerome Jr., Tyrone, Jeronika and Jyrome. "I ran to (Ruffin) and I said, 'What happened? What's wrong?'" Phelps says. "He said, 'He shot me for no reason.' I said, 'Who shot you?' He kind of rolled and pointed his hand toward Min and said, 'He did.' I said to Min, 'You mean you shot him in front of his kids?' 'cause at the time the kids were on my motherís front (porch)."