DOJ tightens restrictions on chokeholds, carotid restraints and no-knock entries.

Law enforcement faces increased scrutiny over fatal police uses of force and many activist groups have called for increased transparency in law enforcement, defunding, and better training.

The new federal guideline for federal enforcement agents prohibit using chokeholds and carotid restraints unless the use of deadly force is authorized. The Justice Department allows such force “when the officer has 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.”

“Building trust and confidence between law enforcement and the public we serve is central to our mission at the Justice Department,” Garland said. “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.”

“As members of federal law enforcement, we have a shared obligation to lead by example in a way that engenders the trust and confidence of the communities we serve,” Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said. “It is essential that law enforcement across the Department of Justice adhere to a single set of standards when it comes to ‘chokeholds,’ ‘carotid restraints’ and ‘no-knock’ entries. This new policy does just that and limits the circumstances in which these techniques can be used.”

Eric Garner police confrontation screenshot.PNG
In 2014 Eric Garner, a man who suffered from asthma, was tackled and killed by police on suspicion of selling single cigarettes from packs without tax stamps. Eric Garner repeatedly told police. ” I can’t breathe”.

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