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The Department of Justice announced Tuesday that it would be imposing limits on federal law enforcement’s use of chokeholds, carotid restraints and no-knock warrants going forward.
Chokeholds and carotid restraints only be authorized if police officers find themselves in a situation that requires the use of deadly force, which is defined as a “reasonable belief that the subject of such force poses an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury to the officer or to another person.”
The new policy will also limit no-knock warrants to times in which “physical safety is at stake,” but would still be required to get approval from both a federal prosecutor and the agent’s law enforcement component.
“Building trust and confidence between law enforcement and the public we serve is central to our mission at the Justice Department,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement . “The limitations implemented today on the use of ‘chokeholds,’ ‘carotid restraints’ and ‘no-knock’ warrants, combined with our recent expansion of body-worn cameras to DOJ’s federal agents, are among the important steps the department is taking to improve law enforcement safety and accountability.”
This comes in response to several deaths in recent years that occurred from the use of these police tactics.
In 2014, Eric Garner died after New York Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo put him in a chokehold and compressed his chest against the ground while arresting him for selling loose cigarettes. Pantaleo was subsequently fired but was not charged for Garner’s death.
Outrage over no-knock warrants came after Breonna Taylor was shot and killed in her home last year during a botched police raid.
The new policy comes as national police reform legislation has stalled in Congress.
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