Seattle police officers are not using enough force.

That’s according to an internal email sent last week. The email, obtained by KUOW, says that hesitancy to use force could pose risks to officers and the public.

In the email to East Precinct Staff on Sept. 18, a Seattle Police Department watch commander emphasized that officers could use force when necessary to protect themselves, fellow officers, the public and the suspect from harm.

He said the latest trends suggest that officers are too hesitant to use force in cases where it’s warranted.

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